Mr Trump is under pressure after the House of Representatives formally voted for an impeachment inquiry into the President. The US President has been accused of putting national security at risk by pressing Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky, to launch an investigation into Joe Biden, Democratic Party’s frontrunner in the race to challenge him in next year’s election.
A poll published by Fox News, Mr Trump’s favourite television station, of 1,040 interviewed between October 27 and 30, asked: “Should President Trump be impeached and removed from office?”
The study suggested 49 percent of American voters wanted Mr Trump removed from office, with 41 percent opposed to his impeachment.
Meanwhile an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey of 900 adults interviewed between the same dates, which asked respondents the same question, indicated 49 percent thought Mr Trump should be impeached, with 46 percent disagreeing.
Finally, an MSN poll of 1,500 people interviewed today asked: “If the House of Representatives votes to impeach President Trump, would you support or oppose the Senate voting to remove him from office?”
Results indicated 52 percent agreed, with 45 percent opposed.
None of the findings impressed the billionaire New Yorker, who told reporters: “You’re looking at the wrong polls.
Refusals by Trump loyalists to appear before Democratic-led committees could set the stage for a battle between the White House and lawmakers over their power to conduct the investigations.
Some Democrats say Mr Trump, who has ordered administration officials not to cooperate, should face an obstruction of justice charge among the impeachment counts they plan to consider against him.
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet who has played a pivotal role in the Ukraine controversy, will refuse to testify as requested next week in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against Mr Trump, an Energy Department spokeswoman said on Friday.
Mr Perry’s refusal represented the latest instance of Trump’s administration refusing to cooperate in the fast-moving inquiry in the House of Representatives.
Mr Trump said on October 17 that Mr Perry was resigning from his Cabinet post and would step down by the end of the year.
Mr Perry, White House budget office acting director Russell Vought and two other officials were asked to testify on Wednesday next week in a closed session before the three House committees leading the inquiry, an official working on the probe said.
Mr Trump himself has kept up a steady stream of tweets about the push to impeach him, most recently observing: “All-Time High for Stock Market and all the Fake News wants to talk about is the Impeachment Hoax!”
Hours earlier, he posted: “What I said on the phone call with the Ukrainian President is “perfectly” stated.
“There is no reason to call witnesses to analyze my words and meaning.
“This is just another Democrat Hoax that I have had to live with from the day I got elected (and before!). Disgraceful!