October 9, 2019 | Number of The Day
New Jerseyans who support Trump impeachment hearings

With the country still roiled by President Trump’s alleged willingness to trade U.S. influence for opposition research on his political opponents, impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives are the topic of the day. And, according to the latest Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll, 50% of New Jersey residents currently support the impeachment hearings. It’s no surprise that party affiliation has a huge bearing on people’s attitudes: Among Democrats, the support for impeachment is overwhelming (78%) whereas Republican support for it is tepid (19%). Independent voters are far more evenly divided, with 39% in favor, 32% opposed and 25% undecided. Half to two-thirds of residents with a college degree favor impeachment, but there’s much less enthusiasm for it among those with no more than a high school degree (40%).

Taking the state’s pulse on the president’s job performance, the poll found that he remains deeply unpopular in the Garden State, with a job approval rate of 34%. Nevertheless, said Krista Jenkins, director of the poll and a professor of government and politics at FDU, “The President has a solid core of supporters. Like what other pollsters across the nation find when they ask about President Trump, there’s a group of Trump supporters in New Jersey who remain by his side because they like what they see. Their steadfast loyalty to the president so far keeps New Jersey from turning a darker shade of blue.”