A large majority of black voters want to see President Donald Trump impeached and removed from office, according to a new poll.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, released on Wednesday, shows that 82 percent of black voters want to see Trump impeached and removed from office, while 53 percent of Hispanic voters and just 42 percent of white voters back this measure.
Trump appears to be struggling to gain popularity with black voters, with the majority (88 percent) disapproving of his job performance and just 10 percent seeing him as doing a good job.
The president has long denied accusations of racism despite using not infrequently language that his critics have branded as such, including recently comparing the impeachment inquiry to a "lynching" and earlier in the year saying that four congresswomen of colour should "go back" to the "crime-infested places from which they came."
Despite black and Hispanic unemployment hitting a record low in the last few months, Trump continues poll poorly with both groups of voters.
Along gender lines, the majority of women also want to see the president impeached and removed from office, with most women (55 percent) saying the president should be impeached and removed from office, with just 40 percent of men responding in the same vein.
The poll also shows a steady increase in the number of voters who believe the president should be impeached and removed from office, with 48 percent of Quinnipiac poll respondents supporting impeachment and removal in the current poll compared with just 37 percent of voters in September 25 poll, which came immediately following the launch of the impeachment inquiry.
The House is conducting the impeachment inquiry following whistleblower reports that allege the president asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate potential political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as suggesting Ukraine speak with U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Aid to Ukraine was also held up around this time but Trump denies there was any pressure or "quid pro quo" in the July phone call.
Since the announcement of the inquiry and release of a transcript summary of the phone call between the two leaders, support for Trump's impeachment has grown, with a recent Fox News poll showing that 51 percent of people wanted to see Trump impeached and removed from office while a further 4 percent backed his impeachment but not removal.
In the Quinnipiac poll, views on the president's interaction with Ukraine were divided on party lines, with the majority of Democrats (94 percent) believing that the president was pursuing his own interests, while the majority of Republicans (72 percent) saying the president was acting in the interests of the country.
"Republicans remain rock solid in opposing both the impeachment of President Trump and the House impeachment inquiry. But when it comes to the president's motives in Ukraine, Republicans aren't all on the same page. Roughly seven in 10 Republicans say the president was pursuing the national interest in his dealings with Ukraine. The rest say he was pursuing his own personal interest or they don't know," said Quinnipiac University polling analyst Mary Snow.
In the initial wake of the impeachment inquiry announcement, Trump's approval rating largely held steady. However, the new poll, which surveyed 1,587 self-identified registered voters between October 17-21, also shows that for the first time since the inquiry was announced, Trump's approval rating has fallen below 40 percent—with just 38 percent of respondents approving of the job Trump is doing.