Wisconsin voters are split over whether there is enough evidence to hold impeachment hearings against President Trump, according to the latest Marquette University Law School Poll.
Forty-six percent believe there is enough now to hold hearings, while 49 percent disagreed.
Survey Director Charles Franklin said there was slightly less support among Wisconsin voters than the average of national surveys. Still, support for hearings is up significantly from the spring, when Marquette found a split of 29-65.
Franklin called that a “notable upturn.”
There was a split among partisans with Dems much more likely to support impeachment hearings than Republicans. Among independents, 35 percent backed hearings, while 53 percent didn’t. Franklin said independents also were less likely to have followed coverage of the allegations against the president.
The poll also found 44 percent support impeaching the president and removing him from office, while 51 percent don’t.
Overall, 46 percent of voters approve of the job Trump is doing, while 51 percent disapprove compared to a 45-53 split in the August survey.
The poll didn’t find much change in the head-to-head matchups pitting Trump against Dem presidential contenders.
Former Vice President Joe Biden was favored by 50 percent of respondents, while 44 percent backed Trump. The change from the 51-42 split in Biden’s favor in the August poll was within the margin of error.
Forty-eight percent backed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, while 46 favored Trump; it was 47 percent for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and 46 percent for Trump; and it was 45 percent for Trump, 43 percent for South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Biden continued to be the first choice among Dems in the presidential primary, while Warren leapfrogged Sanders into second place.
The poll of 799 voters was conducted Oct. 13-17 with 60 percent of the interviews conducted over cell phones. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.
The poll sample was 45 percent Republican and 44 percent Democratic with leaners included. That compares to a long-term average of 45-45.
The sample of those planning to vote in the Dem presidential primary included 379 respondents, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus 6.3 percentage points.