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Poll: Majority Of Montana Voters Oppose Impeachment

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Missoula, Oct. 18, 2018.
Josh Burnham
Montana Public Radio
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Missoula, Oct. 18, 2018.

A majority of Montana voters do not think President Donald Trump should be impeached, according to a poll from the University of Montana released this week.

52% of Montana voters polled say they do not think Trump should be impeached and removed from office. 39%  say he should be impeached and removed, and 10% say they don’t know.

The Big Sky Poll from UM surveyed 300 Montana voters in late September through early October. That was soon after U.S. House Democrats launched the formal impeachment inquiry.

Sara Rinfret co-directs the poll in the university's Department of Public Administration and Policy.

“Montanans are not supportive of it overwhelmingly, but there's more movement, women vs men,” she says.

Montana women support impeachment nearly 7% more than men, though majorities of both say Trump shouldn’t be impeached.

UM’s Big Sky Poll also shows a divide in how urban and rural voters in the state feel about impeachment. Rural voters are much less likely to support the idea.

While generally Democrats are for and Republicans are against impeachment, Independent voters haven’t broken a majority on either side. More say they don’t think the president should be removed from office, but 16% of independents say they’re undecided.

The Montana poll comes with a margin of error of plus or minus 5.6%.

According to an analysis of national polls by the website fivethirtyeight, at the time of the Big Sky Poll release, more Americans support impeachment than are against it.

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Corin Cates-Carney is the Flathead Valley reporter for MTPR.