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Vanderbilt poll: Trump’s approval at 50%, opinions on impeachment are ‘polarized’

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Posted at 8:03 AM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 09:17:41-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A new poll from Vanderbilt University shows that while President Donald Trump maintains a 50% approval rating in Tennessee, voters’ opinions on impeachment are “polarized.”

Vanderbilt released the poll Tuesday morning, reporting that Trump’s approval is consistent with previous polling but he’s dropped about 10 points in the suburbs.

“This reflects a broader trend of suburban discontent with President Trump across the country,” said John Geer, professor of political science and co-director of the poll.

When asked about impeachment, the poll said 58% "believe his request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Biden was improper." However, the poll found disagreement on whether it’s an impeachable offense and whether he should be removed from office.

Greer said 35% think the president should be impeached and removed from office, but opinions remain very polarized about it.

The poll also found that Gov. Bill Lee is still popular with a 62% approval rating. They also believe that the state’s economy is "strong" and that Lee is "doing a good job."

The State Legislature had an approval rating of 56%, while 46% said they approve of the job Sen. Lamar Alexander was doing. Sen. Marsha Blackburn had an approval of 44%. Congress didn’t fare so well, coming in at 28%.

The poll also showed that 84% of Tennesseans said the state’s economy is in good shape. However, a third of voters are still worried about making ends meet. The poll said a quarter of voters struggle to pay for health care -- much more so in rural communities.

Click here to read the full poll.