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Poll finds Trump remains popular with West Virginia voters

CHARLESTON — While the House of Representatives debates the impeachment of President Trump, a recent poll says a majority of likely West Virginia voters believes the evidence is insufficient against him.

The most recent MetroNews West Virginia Poll by Research America Inc. shows 59 percent of West Virginia voters said Trump should not be removed. Thirty-four percent believe Trump should be removed, Rex Repass, president of Research America, said.

The poll contrasts a recent NBC-Wall Street Journal survey that said 49 percent of likely voters across America support impeachment and removal while 46 percent do not.

“While the rest of the nation is divided over the impeachment inquiry, President Trump continues to have the solid support of West Virginia likely voters, both Democrats and Republicans alike,” Repass said on MetroNews’ Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval.

In responding to a question about Trump’s discussion with the president of Ukraine, 54 percent of West Virginia voters said the evidence was insufficient for an impeachment inquiry, compared to 39 percent nationally, the West Virginia Poll said.

Trump’s job performance ratings have increased in West Virginia since the impeachment hearings started, which also does not follow the national trend, Repass said.

The ratings went up 7 percent in West Virginia, 54 percent to 61 percent, in the last four months.

“President Trump’s messages and actions continue to resonate with many likely voters throughout the state,” he said.

The disapproval rating remains at 38 percent, the poll said.

“West Virginians are supportive of President Trump and can see through this impeachment sham,” Melody Potter, chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party, said in a statement to the newspaper. “Every day, more and more Democrats and unaffiliated voters in West Virginia switch their registration to Republican. This is primarily for two reasons: Democrats no longer represent them or their values and President Trump and Republicans do.”

The poll, which questioned 500 registered voters in West Virginia who are likely to vote in the May primary, was held from Dec. 4 to Dec. 10.

On Thursday, the company released the results of a poll into the election for governor and found Gov. Jim Justice has overwhelming support over Woody Thrasher for the Republican nomination for governor, 56 percent to 21 percent. Mike Folk was supported by 11 percent of the respondents, the poll said.

Justice is more well-known than Thrasher and Folk, Repass said.

“In fact, in our poll more than 50 percent said they had heard little or nothing about Woody Thrasher, and about 75 percent had heard little or nothing about Mike Folk,” Repass said.

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