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President Donald Trump listens during a multilateral meeting on Venezuela at the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in New York.

A majority of voters in Wisconsin oppose the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. 

The latest Marquette Law School Poll shows, overall, 40 percent of voters in Wisconsin think Trump should be impeached and removed from office. That's down from 44 percent just one month ago. The poll shows that 53 percent of voters do not think the president should be impeached and removed. That's up from 51 percent last month.

That's a six percent swing, and now means that Wisconsin voters don't want to see Trump impeached by a 13 percent margin. 

"While the shifts in opinion on both impeachment and presidential preferences are not large, they are consistent across multiple questions in the poll. That includes increases in support for Trump’s work on foreign policy and the economy," the poll states. 

There is, as you would expect, a huge difference when it comes to how Republicans and Democrats view impeachment. 

The Marquette Law School Poll shows that Democrats continue to overwhelmingly support impeachment. Eighty one percent of Democrats believe the president should be impeached. Just 11 percent of Democrats disagree. Last month, 88 percent of Democrats wanted impeachment and just eight percent opposed it. 

The opposition to impeachment is even stronger for Republicans. The poll shows that 94 percent of Republican voters do not believe the president should be impeached. Just four percent of Republicans think he should. Last month, 92 percent of Republicans were against impeachment, while six percent supported it. 

But when it comes to Wisconsin's all-important independent voters, the numbers are closer but still oppose impeachment. The new poll says 36 percent of independents want to see the president impeached while 47 percent of independents do not. Again those numbers are a break from last month when 33 percent of independents favored impeachment, and 55 percent did not. 

"Partisans are reacting differently to the testimony and other evidence, with Democrats much more likely than Republicans to say that Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate his political rivals. Opinion among independents tends to fall in between the results in the partisan groups," the poll states. 

The other number that shows independent voters in Wisconsin need persuading on impeachment is the poll's question about who is watching the impeachment proceedings. 

Nearly 70 percent of Republicans say they are following the proceedings very or fairly closely. It's the same among Democrats. But independents aren't tuning in nearly as much. Fifty three percent of independents say they are not following the proceedings closely, or they are not following them at all. 

"Those who are following the hearings most closely are much more likely to have an opinion about the evidence than are those not paying close attention. Of those paying very close attention, 61 percent say that Trump asked for an investigation, 33 percent say he did not ask, and only five percent say they don’t know," the pollsters wrote. "By contrast among those not following the hearings at all closely, 34 percent say Trump asked, 23 percent say he did not ask, and 41 percent say they don’t know."

The latest Marquette Poll also shows support for Trump is rising in Wisconsin. 

The president now beats all of the top-tier Democratic candidates in a head-to-head match-up. Last month, Joe Biden beat the president and he was in a statistical tie with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. 

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.