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Fifty-three percent is the most consistent polling number going against President Donald Trump as he heads into a battle over impeachment.First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

Just over half of voters want President Trump impeached and removed from office, according to a Fox News Poll released Wednesday.Just over half of voters want President Trump impeached and removed from office, according to a Fox News Poll released Wednesday.

In the latest poll by Trump's formerly favored network, 51% think Trump should be impeached and removed from office.In the latest poll by Trump's formerly favored network, 51% think Trump should be impeached and removed from office.

Trump impeachment: New Fox News poll shows half support inquiry, removal

Americans expect President Trump to get roughed up in a House impeachment but soldier on to win reelection, according to the latest poll on the White House crisis.Americans expect President Trump to get roughed up in a House impeachment but soldier on to win reelection, according to the latest poll on the White House crisis.

Exclusive poll: Most think Trump will be impeached and win 2020 reelection

“Only 25 percent want the President Impeached, which is pretty low considering the volume of Fake News coverage, but pretty high considering the fact that I did NOTHING wrong. It is all just a continuation of the greatest Scam and Witch Hunt in the history of our Country!”

Donald J. Trump on Twitter: "Only 25 percent want the President Impeached, which is pretty low considering the volume of Fake News coverage, but pretty high considering the fact that I did NOTHING wrong. It is all just a continuation of the greatest Scam and Witch Hunt in the history of our Country!"

“#HANNITY: Biden’s poll numbers drop, and suddenly, he calls for Trump’s impeachment for the first time! @SaraCarterDC, @DevinNunes & @JSolomonReports will have full reaction. Tune in! https://t.co/YUQrPRNzsN”

Sean Hannity on Twitter: "#HANNITY: Biden’s poll numbers drop, and suddenly, he calls for Trump’s impeachment for the first time! @SaraCarterDC, @DevinNunes & @JSolomonReports will have full reaction. Tune in! https://t.co/YUQrPRNzsN"

“This Fox poll is a testament to the maximal polarization strategy Trump has lived by. 51% wants Trump removed from office. 55% wants him impeached. And 43% approve of how he's doing his job as President! There's almost literally no middle ground.”

Josh Marshall on Twitter: "This Fox poll is a testament to the maximal polarization strategy Trump has lived by. 51% wants Trump removed from office. 55% wants him impeached. And 43% approve of how he's doing his job as President! There's almost literally no middle ground."

“I get that a lot of Trump dislikers/haters enjoy seeing a Fox News poll (which is high quality) showing impeach/remove at a majority, but we had two high quality polls yesterday showing it as a minority... The avg. on that question is basically a split.”

(((Harry Enten))) on Twitter: "I get that a lot of Trump dislikers/haters enjoy seeing a Fox News poll (which is high quality) showing impeach/remove at a majority, but we had two high quality polls yesterday showing it as a minority... The avg. on that question is basically a split."

Many Republicans feel far safer breaking with Trump on more distant issues of foreign policy, where the president often finds himself outside of his party’s historic positioning, than on matters that personally affect Trump.

Trump’s Syria decision tests the bounds of Republican support as he demands solidarity on impeachment

There’s been a lot of talk of a “coup” lately in light of the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry — or at least amongst Republicans defending Trump.Flying The 'Coup': Trump Campaign Manager Hops On The Bandwagon

GOP Adopts ‘Coup’ Rhetoric | Talking Points Memo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling an impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump is misrepresenting facts as he blasts his investigators and seeks to highlight the administration's efforts to fulfill... WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling an impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump is misrepresenting facts as he blasts his investigators and seeks to highlight the administration's efforts to fulfill...

Selective outrage from the arbiters of civility and decency.Selective outrage from the arbiters of civility and decency.

Never Trumpers Are All Over Trump And Ukraine, But Silent On Adam Schiff’s Truth-Telling Problem. Why? | The Daily Caller

Selective outrage

Never Trumpers Are All Over Trump And Ukraine, But Silent On Adam Schiff’s Truth-Telling Problem. Why? - The Daily Caller

A new poll out Wednesday finds President Trump trailing the top three Democratic White House hopefuls in North Carolina, which the president carried by nearly 4 points in 2016.A new poll out Wednesday finds President Trump trailing the top three Democratic White House hopefuls in North Carolina, which the president carried by nearly 4 points in 2016.

Poll: Trump trails the top Democratic contenders in North Carolina | TheHill

A new poll out Wednesday finds President Trump trailing the top three Democratic White House hopefuls in North Carolina, which the president carried by nearly 4 points in 2016.A new poll out Wednesday finds President Trump trailing the top three Democratic White House hopefuls in North Carolina, which the president carried by nearly 4 points in 2016.

Poll: Trump trails the top Democratic contenders in North Carolina | TheHill

The Democrats launched their bogus impeachment drive just as President Trump's approval rating was rising in the Rasmussen Poll, the only daily tracking presidential approval survey. President Trump was at 52% approval, 47% disapproval, among likely voters. I predicted that the impeachment frenzy would hurt Trump politically, regardless of the merits of the claims asserted by the Democrats, and it has. Today's Rasmussen poll finds Trump at 45% approval, 52%

Impeachment Frenzy Is Hurting Trump | Power Line