FILE - President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Aaron Bessant Amphitheater, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Republicans and Democrats in Wisconsin are where you figure they'd be on President Donald Trump in the latest Marquette Law School Poll. But the voters who likely will decide the state in next year's election may surprise some people. 

Independent voters, the poll shows, think the president is doing a good job and do not think there is enough evidence to impeach him or remove the president from office. 

The poll, conducted from Oct. 13-17, 2019, quizzed 799 registered voters in Wisconsin by cell phone or landline. Marquette Law School says the poll has a four percent margin of error. 

When asked if there is enough cause for impeachment hearings, 53 percent of independent voters said there is not. The poll shows that 35 percent of independents think there is enough evidence for hearings. 

Compare that to Republicans and Democrats in the state. Eighty four percent of Democrats in the poll say there is enough cause for impeachment hearings. Eighty six percent of Republicans say there is not.

The numbers are similar when it comes to actual impeachment and removing the president from office. 

Eighty eight percent of Democrats support impeachment and removal, while 92 percent of Republicans oppose the ideas. Again, a majority of independents, about 55 percent according to the poll, do not think that there is enough evidence to impeach and remove Trump from office. 

Most independent voters do not support the president's foreign policy decisions. Fifty nine percent of independents oppose the president on foreign affairs, compared to 37 percent who support him. 

Again, those numbers are much less one-sided than Republicans and Democrats. Unsurprisingly, 77 percent of Republicans support the president's foreign policy and 97 percent of Democrats oppose his decisions. 

The last striking difference between independent voters in Wisconsin and those in the two major parties is their view of the job that Trump is doing. 

Ninety six percent of Democrats disapprove of the president, and 91 percent of Republicans approve. Among independents, almost a majority, 48 percent, support the president while 38 percent of independents do not. 

Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by about 23,000 votes in 2016 in Wisconsin.


Staff Reporter

An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois and Wisconsin statewide issues for The Center Square.