Montanans mixed on impeachment, economy

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Montana voters have mixed views about the impeachment of President Donald Trump, the economy and the job performance of elected officials, according to results from a recent University of Montana Big Sky Poll.

When asked, “Do you think that President Trump should be impeached and removed from office?” 52% of respondents answered no, 39% responded yes, and 10% responded that they did not know.

In head-to-head matchups with presidential candidates, Trump tops Democrats Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, with about 54% support. The lone Democrat to edge Trump head-to-head is Gov. Steve Bullock. About 52 percent of respondents said they would vote for Bullock over Trump.

When asked, “If the election for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat was held today, which of the following potential candidates would you vote for?” 64% of respondents selected Republican incumbent Steve Daines, and 18% selected Democrat Jack Ballard. Ballard announced earlier this month that he was suspending his Senate campaign due to health issues.

When asked if the election were held today for Montana’s U.S. House Representative, 36% of respondents selected Democrat candidate Kathleen Williams, 35% selected Republican Matt Rosendale, and 20% selected Republican Corey Stapleton.

When asked if the election were held today for Montana’s governor, 35% selected Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, 23% selected Democrat Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, 16% selected Republican Tim Fox, and 8% selected Democrat Whitney Williams.

In a series of questions Montanans rated the job performance of their elected officials from excellent to poor.

41.9% rated Trump’s performance as “poor,” 29.5% as “excellent,” 16.5% as “good,” and 12% as “fair.”

The poll also asked Montanans, “In your view, is the economy improving, staying the same or getting worse?” Forty-two percent of respondents said the economy was improving, 31% said it was staying the same, and 27% said it was getting worse.

The UM Big Sky Poll online survey was conducted Sept. 26 through Oct. 3.

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