Wisconsin poll shows narrow division on Trump impeachment inquiry

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MILWAUKEE, Wis (WMTV/AP) - The latest Marquette Law School Poll shows Wisconsin voters are narrowly divided over whether impeachment hearings should be held into President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump talks with reporters after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

According to the poll, 46 percent of Wisconsin registered voters said there is enough case for Congress to hold impeachment hearings, while 49 percent said no.

When it comes to President Trump being impeached and removed from office, 51 percent he should not and 44 percent said he should.

The poll of 799 registered voters was taken between Oct. 13 and Oct. 17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

This was the first poll released since congressional committees have undertaken impeachment hearings, according to the release from Marquette Law School.

The impeachment inquiry revolves around a whistleblower's complaint that Trump was pushing Ukraine's leader into opening an investigation of a company connected to the son of Trump's potential 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden. It is illegal to solicit or receive foreign help in a U.S. election, according to the Associated Press.

In January, the Marquette poll showed 33% support for holding impeachment hearings.

When it came to whether voters actually read through the rough transcript of Trump's conversation with the president of Ukraine, 40 percent said they had with 59 who had not.

NBC15 spoke to the poll's director, Charles Franklin, who said that was a pretty high number for reading a specific document.

"Even more surprising there was absolutely no difference in the percent of Republicans that read it and the percent of Democrats that had read it. So, where as party divides are very large in how you think of hearings and impeachment, the information gathering of actually reading the transcript was just equal for the two parties," he said.

The poll also addressed performance of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers as he approaches the first anniversary of his election and more. The poll showed 52 percent approve of the job he is doing, with disapproval at 34 percent.

You can livestream the poll release here starting at 12:15 p.m.