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President Donald Trump at the White House (Aaron Schwartz via shutterstock)

A new Quinnipiac University poll found that voters nationwide remain divided in their support for the impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump from office.

The poll — which was conducted by telephone from October 4-7 — found that 49% of voters oppose the idea of impeaching Trump while 45% support it. Though voters remain split on whether Trump should ultimately be impeached, some 53% of those surveyed said they support the impeachment inquiry currently underway in the U.S. House of Representatives. Those numbers indicate a slight increase in national support for the inquiry and a slight decrease in support for impeachment when compared to a similar Quinnipiac poll conducted last week.

Of those surveyed this week, just 51% say they believed the inquiry is a legitimate investigation, with 92-5 percent of Democrats and 52-40 percent of Independents backing it. By comparison, 88-8 percent of Republicans surveyed called the investigation “a witch hunt”

The polling numbers come after key figures in the impeachment inquiry publicly confirmed their involvement in the Trump administration’s request that the Ukrainian government investigate the Biden family’s activities in Ukraine, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who confirmed he was on the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky where Trump solicited investigative assistance. The polling data also follows the issuance of several subpoenas from three different House Committees to the White House, the Pentagon, and several individuals —
including Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani — and the emergence of a second whistleblower with firsthand knowledge of the events.

In a released statement Tuesday, Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy noted that despite the new developments, national sentiment around whether to impeach and remove Trump from office largely remains the same.

“The country remains closely divided on whether to impeach and remove President Trump from office, and his base remains granite solid,” he said.

The same poll found that Trump’s national job approval rating has also remained largely unchanged with 40% of voters approving his job performance versus a 41% approval rating last week.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,483 self-identified registered voters for the poll. The poll has a 4.7% margin of error.