Poll: Public hearings didn’t do much to move the needle on impeachment

In the survey, one of the first to measure public support for the inquiry following the conclusion of public hearings last week, voters backed the investigation by a 5-point margin, 48 percent to 43 percent, compared with a 3-point margin the week before. While the percentage of voters who supported the inquiry remained unchanged, opposition to the inquiry dipped by 2 points.

While it’s surely good news for Democrats that they still have the backing of a plurality of voters for their inquiry, voters remain divided, and the poll shows no groundswell of new support despite a rash of damaging revelations. And though the survey found that public impeachment hearings seemingly failed to generate a crush of new support for the inquiry, its findings are a far cry from the president’s claim on Monday that support for impeachment “is dropping like a rock, down into the 20’s in some Polls.”…

Democrats do appear, however, to have stanched a bleeding of independent backing for the inquiry. Support for the inquiry among independents increased 4 points over the past week — to 44 percent from 40 percent — while opposition dropped by 8 points — to 39 percent from 47 percent.