Donald Trump’s very good week gets capped off by this first-out-of-the-gate poll on his Senate acquittal from Reuters. Approval of the verdict edges out disapproval — not by much, and within the margin of error, but it’s enough of an edge to claim victory. The rest of the results aren’t quite as sympathetic to Trump, however:
The national opinion poll found that 43% of U.S. adults supported the Republican-led Senate’s decision on Wednesday to keep Trump in office in a case stemming from his dealings with Ukraine. Forty-one percent opposed the acquittal and 17% said they were undecided.
When asked about Trump’s acquittal, 48% of respondents said Trump “is probably guilty of the charges against him, and the Senate is protecting him,” while 39% said the president “is probably innocent of the charges against him, and the Senate made the right decision to acquit.”
The results suggest that some respondents feel that even if Trump did something wrong, it was not enough to warrant his removal from office.
That’s definitely the impression left by the data, but that has its own limits too. By and large, not a lot of Americans are letting Trump off the hook. Overall, more people believe that impeachment and a trial were “the right thing to do” regardless of the outcome, 49/41, and 35/30 among those who feel strongly about it. They also feel it was the right thing to do even if it strengthened Trump politically, although that’s a bit narrower — 45/42, and 27/28 on the “stronger” responses.