According to a new Monmouth poll released Monday, a higher percentage of Americans believe President Trump should be impeached than those who wanted to see President Nixon impeached when the Watergate scandal was escalating.
The new poll says 41 percent think Trump “should be impeached and compelled to leave the presidency,” compared to 53 percent who do not.
In July of 1937, which was about a year before Nixon resigned, 24 percent of Americans wanted Nixon impeached while 62 percent did not.
Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, says Trump may have a higher percentage of those who want him impeached than Nixon because the environment that Trump faces now is more partisan.
"Even though Trump's approval rating is similar to Nixon's, more Americans support impeachment today than did in 1973. That's partly due to the current epidemic of hyper-partisanship that was simply not prevalent forty years ago," said Murray.