Four in ten Americans now support the impeachment of US President Donald Trump and removing him from office, up 10 percentage points in the last six months, according to a new poll.
The poll released Thursday by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found that 40 percent of Americans back impeaching Trump, compared to 30 percent who said the same in February.
Just 38 percent of Americans report a favorable view of Trump, while 56 percent of the public express an unfavorable opinion of him, according to the poll.
Numerous surveys have shown that Trump is the least popular US president early in a White House term since World War ll.
A Gallup poll released last month found that no other president has had a worse second-quarter average approval rating since Gallup began assessing approval ratings in 1945.
The PRRI poll was conducted August 2-8, before the violent White supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which killed one person on Saturday. Trump’s controversial response to the deadly clashes is expected to have further worsened his approval rating.
Trump’s statement about blaming “both sides” for the resulting violence and his failure to adequately condemn racism and hate groups has prompted criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike.
US Senator Bob Corker is the latest member of Congress from Trump’s own Republican Party to rebuke him, saying the president’s reaction to racial violence highlights his lack of “stability and competence,” which is a threat to the country.
Corker, a Republican from Tennessee and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump needs to understand that he represents all Americans and called for “radical changes at the White House.”
Human rights experts have warned about the rising racism and xenophobia in the United States, citing the rally in Charlottesville as the latest example.