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New Poll: Michigan voters overwhelmingly want US Senators to act as Impartial Jurors, demand Witnesses during Senate Impeachment Trial

LANSING, Jan. 14, 2020: A new national poll of six battleground states – including Michigan – shows that voters strongly support a full and fair trial as the U.S. Senate prepares to take up articles of impeachment as soon as this week.

The poll also shows that Michigan voters are troubled by statements from Senate leaders like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) who have already declared that they will not be impartial and that they will coordinate with President Donald Trump to rig the impeachment trial process.

The Hart Research survey, conducted for Law Works in the six swing states of Arizona, North Carolina, Maine, Colorado, Michigan, and New Hampshire, found overwhelming support for a trial with testimony from witnesses with firsthand knowledge of Trump’s corrupt actions. Voters also insist that the Senate should have access to relevant documents that have been blocked by the Trump White House.

The poll shows that the public has a very negative reaction if senators refuse to support calling witnesses, refuse to insist on the release of relevant documents and refuse to hold a full trial. Sixty-three percent of voters have an unfavorable reaction to their senator voting against calling witnesses or subpoenaing documents.

Only 32% of voters believe senators will vote for acquittal because they believe Trump did not commit an impeachable offense. Fifty four percent of voters believe a vote for acquittal will result more from a desire to follow the party line than impartiality despite Senate rules on the procedure for conducting impeachment trials, adopted unanimously in 1986, which call for members to take an oath of impartiality in weighing the evidence.

Sixty-seven percent of swing state voters want the Senate to conduct a full trial and carefully consider the evidence. Sixty eight percent in these swing states say the Senate should insist on the release of relevant documents and call witnesses with firsthand knowledge of Trump’s corruption, such as Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former National Security Advisor John Bolton.

By a 21-point margin, swing state voters reacted unfavorably to the declaration of McConnell and Graham that they have already decided to coordinate with Trump and will not be impartial jurors.

 

 

 
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