Majority of white evangelicals disagree with calls to impeach Trump -survey

The majority of white evangelicals oppose the calls to have U.S. President Donald Trump impeached, and around half of all Americans say the same thing, a recent PRRI survey has found.

(REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque)President Donald Trump speaks at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2017.

Based on the PRRI poll conducted earlier this month, the number of Americans who think Trump should be impeached has gone up to 40 percent from 30 percent in February. However, white evangelicals top the Christian groups that oppose this call, Christianity Today detailed.

A separate survey by USA Today/iMediaEthics last month reflected that around half of evangelicals are strongly against Trump's impeachment. The same poll found that a quarter of evangelicals are strongly in favor of it.

In May, a poll by Politico/Morning Consult revealed that Christians were less likely than other religious groups to believe that impeachment proceedings against Trump should be initiated. However, more than half of Christians disagreed with it.

In addition, Politico/Morning Consult reportedly found that most of the Americans who are in favor of Trump's impeachment believe that the president has proven to be unfit for his position. Fewer people believe that the Republican leader had committed an impeachable offense.

Meanwhile, the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 has prompted Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) to announce that he is taking an initial step in Trump's impeachment. In light of the protest which turned deadly, Cohen said the president had "failed the presidential test of moral leadership," The Huffington Post reported.

"Instead of unequivocally condemning hateful actions by neo-Nazis, white nationalists and Klansmen following a national tragedy, the President said 'there were very fine people on both sides,'" said Cohen in a statement on Aug. 17. "There are no good Nazis. There are no good Klansmen."

Trump drew criticism from both Democrats and Republicans over his comments on the Charlottesville protests which killed one person and injured at least 19 others. Two state troopers who were monitoring the protests were also killed in a helicopter crash.

At first, Trump faulted "many sides" for the Charlottesville protests which were fueled by hatred and bigotry. He later condemned white supremacist groups but also defended the rallyists and slammed the counter-protesters for turning violent.