Plurality of upstate voters favor Trump impeachment in Siena poll

A Siena College poll released Tuesday found that 49 percent of upstate New York voters support impeaching President Donald Trump and removing him from office, with 43 percent in opposition and 8 percent undecided.

Statewide, the split on removal was 55-38 percent, a 17-point spread widened by support in heavily Democratic New York City. Suburban voters were almost evenly divided at 47 percent in favor and 48 percent against.

Views diverged sharply along party lines across the state: 79 percent of Democrats favored removal and 81 percent of Republicans opposed it. Slightly more independent voters were for than against, at 49-47 percent.

Siena surveyed 742 New York voters from Oct. 6-10, in the midst of the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry and ongoing coverage of the controversy that fueled it, involving Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. The poll’s margin of error was 4.3 percent.

Majorities of voters throughout the state felt the Ukraine matter justified the inquiry. The divide on that question in the Siena poll was 62-34 percent statewide, 52-46 percent in the suburbs, and 59-38 percent upstate.

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