LOUDONVILLE - Support among New Yorkers for the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump has dropped slightly in the last month, according to a Siena College poll released Thursday.
A majority of registered voters still supports the president's forced removal by Congress -- but the margin is now 52% to 44%, down from a 55% to 38% margin in October, according to the Siena Research Institute poll of 797 registered voters.
The poll was conducted between Nov. 12 and Nov. 18, meaning at least some of those polled were interviewed after the current House Intelligence Committee hearings on whether Trump's actions regarding U.S-Ukraine relations last summer warrant impeachment.
The poll also offered evidence for the observation of some observers that the hearings aren't changing many people's minds.
"More than three-quarters of Democrats continue to support it and more than three-quarters of Republicans continue to oppose it," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. "However, independents, who were evenly divided on the question last month, now oppose impeachment and removal by 59-37 percent. And voters under 35, who have strongly supported impeachment and removal last month, or now nearly evenly divided."
In upstate New York, residents slightly oppose impeachment, by a margin of 51% opposed to 47% supporting it. Similar sentiments were found in the New York City suburbs, but in New York City, 62% of voters support impeachment, with 34% opposed. People with incomes over $100,000 per year support impeachment 57% to 42%, those earning below $50,000 support it 55% to 40%, and those with income between those figures are nearly evenly divided.
Greenberg said more independents now see the impeachment process as partisan rather than fair to the president. with 51% seeing the investigation as partisan, to 43% seeing it as fair.
Trump remains extremely unpopular across New York state, with 32% of voters seeing him positively and 65% seeing him negatively. That is a small improvement from last month, within the poll's margin of error of four percent.
"By a wide margin, 54-29 percent, New Yorkers continue to say they trust (House) Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the truth more than the President," Greenberg said.
In a section of the poll focusing only on registered Democrats, the poll found former vice-president Joe Biden widening his lead as New Yorkers' preference with the 2020 presidential nomination, with support from 24% of voters, to 14% for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and 13% for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. No other candidate polled in double-digits.
A month ago, Biden and Warren were in a virtual tie, but support for Warren has slipped since then, the poll found.