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CBS News Poll

December 11-13, 2019


Sample 4,584 Adults
Margin of Error ±1.7%

7. Do you think Congressional Democrats have done a good job or bad job handling the impeachment inquiry?
Very good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19%
Somewhat good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31%
Somewhat bad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16%
Very bad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33%

8. Do you think Donald Trump has done a good job or bad job handling the impeachment inquiry?
Very good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19%
Somewhat good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23%
Somewhat bad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19%
Very bad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39%

9. Do you think Congressional Republicans have done a good job or bad job handling the impeachment inquiry?
Very good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14%
Somewhat good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29%
Somewhat bad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24%
Very bad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33%

12. So far, do you think the impeachment inquiry has gone...


Too fast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22%
Too slowly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32%
About the right speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46%

13. Regardless of how you feel about impeachment, from what you’ve seen from the hearings, have the
Democrats presented the arguments on their side...
Very clearly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27%
Somewhat clearly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26%
Not very clearly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19%
Not at all clearly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28%

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December 11-13, 2019

14. Regardless of how you feel about impeachment, from what you’ve seen from the hearings, have the Repub-
licans presented the arguments on their side...
Very clearly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21%
Somewhat clearly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26%
Not very clearly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27%
Not at all clearly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26%

Other questions held for future release.

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7. Handling Inquiry - Congressional Democrats


Do you think Congressional Democrats have done a good job or bad job handling the impeachment inquiry?

Gender Age Group Race/Ethnicity


Total Male Female 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ White Black Hispanic

Very good 19% 17% 21% 16% 20% 20% 21% 15% 37% 21%
Somewhat good 31% 30% 32% 40% 36% 27% 21% 27% 38% 40%
Somewhat bad 16% 16% 16% 26% 20% 13% 6% 15% 15% 21%
Very bad 33% 36% 30% 18% 24% 40% 52% 42% 10% 18%
Totals 99% 99% 99% 100% 100% 100% 100% 99% 100% 100%
Weighted N (4,575) (2,226) (2,349) (999) (1,156) (1,533) (888) (2,915) (565) (723)

Party ID Ideology
Total Democrat Independent Republican Liberal Moderate Conservative

Very good 19% 40% 11% 4% 37% 17% 6%


Somewhat good 31% 44% 32% 9% 45% 37% 10%
Somewhat bad 16% 10% 18% 14% 12% 22% 12%
Very bad 33% 6% 38% 72% 6% 24% 72%
Totals 99% 100% 99% 99% 100% 100% 100%
Weighted N (4,575) (1,563) (1,491) (1,035) (1,310) (1,864) (1,386)

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December 11-13, 2019

8. Handling Inquiry - Donald Trump


Do you think Donald Trump has done a good job or bad job handling the impeachment inquiry?

Gender Age Group Race/Ethnicity


Total Male Female 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ White Black Hispanic

Very good 19% 21% 18% 10% 14% 23% 30% 25% 5% 10%
Somewhat good 23% 23% 23% 24% 25% 21% 21% 25% 13% 22%
Somewhat bad 19% 19% 18% 28% 19% 17% 10% 15% 21% 28%
Very bad 39% 37% 41% 38% 42% 39% 38% 35% 61% 40%
Totals 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 99% 100% 100% 100%
Weighted N (4,558) (2,217) (2,341) (992) (1,153) (1,527) (887) (2,907) (558) (721)

Party ID Ideology
Total Democrat Independent Republican Liberal Moderate Conservative

Very good 19% 4% 19% 48% 4% 11% 45%


Somewhat good 23% 7% 28% 37% 9% 25% 33%
Somewhat bad 19% 17% 20% 10% 16% 25% 12%
Very bad 39% 72% 33% 5% 71% 38% 10%
Totals 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 99% 100%
Weighted N (4,558) (1,556) (1,483) (1,031) (1,303) (1,859) (1,380)

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9. Handling Inquiry - Congressional Republicans


Do you think Congressional Republicans have done a good job or bad job handling the impeachment inquiry?

Gender Age Group Race/Ethnicity


Total Male Female 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ White Black Hispanic

Very good 14% 15% 12% 7% 12% 16% 21% 16% 6% 9%


Somewhat good 29% 28% 30% 31% 27% 29% 29% 31% 18% 29%
Somewhat bad 24% 22% 26% 32% 28% 21% 15% 21% 27% 31%
Very bad 33% 34% 32% 29% 33% 34% 35% 31% 49% 31%
Totals 100% 99% 100% 99% 100% 100% 100% 99% 100% 100%
Weighted N (4,557) (2,221) (2,336) (993) (1,143) (1,534) (887) (2,899) (563) (723)

Party ID Ideology
Total Democrat Independent Republican Liberal Moderate Conservative

Very good 14% 4% 13% 32% 5% 9% 29%


Somewhat good 29% 12% 32% 48% 12% 31% 42%
Somewhat bad 24% 24% 27% 13% 21% 31% 17%
Very bad 33% 59% 28% 6% 62% 29% 11%
Totals 100% 99% 100% 99% 100% 100% 99%
Weighted N (4,557) (1,558) (1,490) (1,029) (1,303) (1,854) (1,383)

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12. Speed of Inquiry


So far, do you think the impeachment inquiry has gone...

Gender Age Group Race/Ethnicity


Total Male Female 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ White Black Hispanic

Too fast 22% 25% 18% 15% 17% 24% 31% 25% 8% 16%
Too slowly 32% 30% 35% 32% 36% 31% 30% 31% 35% 38%
About the right speed 46% 45% 47% 53% 47% 45% 39% 44% 57% 46%
Totals 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Weighted N (4,541) (2,207) (2,335) (995) (1,149) (1,519) (878) (2,891) (560) (724)

Party ID Ideology
Total Democrat Independent Republican Liberal Moderate Conservative

Too fast 22% 10% 26% 37% 12% 17% 37%


Too slowly 32% 30% 33% 37% 28% 31% 38%
About the right speed 46% 60% 41% 26% 60% 52% 25%
Totals 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Weighted N (4,541) (1,559) (1,482) (1,019) (1,306) (1,851) (1,368)

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13. Clearly Present Arguments - Democrats


Regardless of how you feel about impeachment, from what you’ve seen from the hearings, have the Democrats presented the arguments on their side...

Gender Age Group Race/Ethnicity


Total Male Female 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ White Black Hispanic

Very clearly 27% 25% 29% 23% 26% 28% 31% 24% 47% 24%
Somewhat clearly 26% 26% 26% 33% 33% 22% 15% 23% 33% 31%
Not very clearly 19% 19% 20% 27% 20% 18% 12% 19% 13% 26%
Not at all clearly 28% 30% 25% 16% 20% 32% 42% 34% 7% 18%
Totals 100% 100% 100% 99% 99% 100% 100% 100% 100% 99%
Weighted N (4,553) (2,220) (2,333) (994) (1,150) (1,524) (885) (2,902) (561) (720)

Party ID Ideology
Total Democrat Independent Republican Liberal Moderate Conservative

Very clearly 27% 52% 20% 6% 52% 25% 8%


Somewhat clearly 26% 33% 26% 14% 33% 30% 13%
Not very clearly 19% 9% 24% 21% 10% 25% 20%
Not at all clearly 28% 5% 30% 59% 5% 20% 59%
Totals 100% 99% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Weighted N (4,553) (1,558) (1,487) (1,026) (1,305) (1,854) (1,378)

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14. Clearly Present Arguments - Republicans


Regardless of how you feel about impeachment, from what you’ve seen from the hearings, have the Republicans presented the arguments on their side...

Gender Age Group Race/Ethnicity


Total Male Female 18-29 30-44 45-64 65+ White Black Hispanic

Very clearly 21% 22% 20% 12% 14% 25% 32% 25% 11% 10%
Somewhat clearly 26% 26% 26% 30% 29% 24% 21% 26% 21% 29%
Not very clearly 27% 25% 29% 34% 31% 25% 17% 24% 33% 35%
Not at all clearly 26% 27% 25% 24% 26% 26% 30% 25% 34% 26%
Totals 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 99% 100%
Weighted N (4,551) (2,220) (2,331) (983) (1,149) (1,534) (885) (2,904) (560) (717)

Party ID Ideology
Total Democrat Independent Republican Liberal Moderate Conservative

Very clearly 21% 7% 21% 45% 6% 14% 44%


Somewhat clearly 26% 17% 29% 35% 18% 28% 30%
Not very clearly 27% 33% 28% 12% 32% 32% 15%
Not at all clearly 26% 43% 22% 8% 44% 25% 10%
Totals 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 99% 99%
Weighted N (4,551) (1,557) (1,485) (1,029) (1,305) (1,851) (1,378)

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HOW THE POLL WAS CONDUCTED AND THE
MARGIN OF ERROR CALCULATED

December 15, 2019

The CBS News survey is conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 4,584
U.S. residents interviewed online between December 11-13, 2019.
This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the American
Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, as well as 2016 Presidential
vote and registration status. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be rep-
resentative of all U.S residents. The weights range from 0.1 to 7.4, with a mean of 1 and a
standard deviation of 0.7.
Respondents from previous CBS News surveys fielded September 26-27, 2019, October 8-11,
2019, and November 9-11, 2019 were recontacted to participate. Of the 4,308 respondents in
those three surveys, 2,983 were re-interviewed — a recontact rate of 69%.
The margin of error (a 95% confidence interval) for a sample percentage p based upon the entire
sample is approximately 1.7%. It is calculated using the formula
s
1 + CV2
p̂ ± 100 ⇥
n

where CV is the coefficient of variation of the sample weights and n is the sample size used
to compute the proportion. This is a measure of sampling error (the average of all estimates
obtained using the same sample selection and weighting procedures repeatedly). The sample
estimate should di↵er from its expected value by less than margin of error in 95 percent of
all samples. It does not reflect non-sampling errors, including potential selection bias in panel
participation or in response to a particular survey.