Speed Reads

The 'I' word

Support for impeaching Trump is growing surprisingly fast

There's scant good news for President Trump in a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday, starting with the 43 percent who say they want the House to begin impeachment proceedings to remove him from office. That's up from 38 percent last week, and only 2 points lower than the 45 percent who opposed impeachment. A slight majority of those who want Trump impeached say he is unfit for office, even if he hasn't committed an impeachable offense. "If President Trump was hoping his foreign trip would shift the conversation away from scandals, he may be out of luck," said Morning Consult's Kyle Dropp.

On the brighter side, Trump's approval rating in the poll has risen to 45 percent, versus 50 percent who disapprove; on May 19, his approval number was at 41 percent. (In the RealClearPolitics average, Trump has a 39.7 approval, 54.4 percent disapproval rating.) The Morning Consult poll also asked about the Republican health-care plan, and it was less popular than Trump. Overall, 38 percent support the bill and 47 percent oppose the American Health Care Act, but the 33 percent who "strongly" disapprove swamp the 14 percent who "strongly" approve. Only 32 percent of voters say it would make the U.S. health-care system better, and 18 percent say they think it will lower their health-care costs; 47 percent say it will increase their costs and worsen the health-care system.

The poll was conducted May 25-30 among 1,991 registered voters, and has a margin of error of ±2 percentage points.