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CNN Interviews Florida Trump Voters: On Camera, No Supporter Favored Impeachment; Off Camera, They Did

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CNN's Martin Savidge asks voters in Florida, a key swing state, whether the ongoing impeachment inquiry has affected their opinion of President Donald Trump.

"On camera, no Trump voter would tell us the president should be impeached," Savidge reported.





"Off camera, we did find Trump voters troubled by the president's action. In fact, two admitted it was wrong but stopped short of calling for the president's removal," he said.

ERIN BURNETT, CNN HOST: Breaking news, President Trump about to arrive to a rally in Louisiana tonight. Trump surrounding himself with supporters, railing against the House impeachment inquiry in a 90-minute-long screed last night.

But we want to go to crucial Florida first, a state President Trump won by 1 percent in 2016, to see if that message is resonating. He's got to win that state again.

Martin Savidge is OUTFRONT. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Welcome to Orlando, Florida. Not the land of make believe but where people really live and vote and we're talking to Trump voters about impeachment.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't think he's get fair deal. I think it's very political.

SAVIDGE: Nearly three weeks into the formal congressional inquiry, polling shows a noticeable shift in the public attitude toward impeachment. A Fox News poll released this week found 51 percent of registered voters supported President Trump's impeachment and removal from office. We wanted to see if shifting polls suggest Trump vulnerability among his base in the swing region of a key state.

For most, the short answer is no.

(on camera): Doesn't change your opinion of this president?

BRIAN BAINES, TRUMP VOTER: No, in this case, no. No.

SAVIDGE: And you don't believer he's done anything wrong or broken any sort of oath of office?

BAINES: In this case, no.

SAVIDGE (voice-over): On camera, no Trump voter would tell us the president should be impeached.

(on camera): Do you believe that this president has used his office for political gain?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In this particular case?

SAVIDGE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't think so.

SAVIDGE (voice-over): Most Trump voters called the impeachment a sham, put on by Democrats, full of unsubstantiated claims. They downplayed the president's phone call with the president of Ukraine, that seems to seek dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

(on camera): You seen the transcript of the phone call. I'd like you to do us a favor.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I've seen the transcript. I haven't read the whole thing.

SAVIDGE (voice-over): But off camera, we did find Trump voters troubled by the president's action. In fact, two admitted it was wrong but stopped short of calling for the president's removal.

At a Latinos for Trump rally outside Orlando, we found something that should concern the Trump administration. Though these Trump voters say they've heard nothing so far in the impeachment inquiry to change their support --

(on camera): Has any of this caused you to second guess your vote in '16?

NANCY ACEVEDO, TRUMP VOTER: Never, ever. We need Trump to reelected to four more years to make sure that, you know, his agenda is completed.

SAVIDGE (voice-over): All we spoke with said the inquiry should continue.

(on camera): Do you want the process to go forward?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I want the process to go through the whole shebang.

SAVIDGE (voice-over): Even as they work for Trump's reelection, these Trump voters say they reserve the right to change their mind.

(on camera): Is it something that come to light that would change your feelings?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Maybe. It depends what it is. What is truth?

(END VIDEOTAPE)

SAVIDGE: There's no question that this impeachment inquiry has raised a level of political tension in this country to a whole new realm. We have been talking to Trump voters for years on all kinds of topics in all kinds of places never before have we had so much difficulty getting Trump voters to talk to us on camera than on this particular issue, impeachment. Most are so angry or so over it they don't want to talk -- Erin.

BURNETT: Really fascinating and sobering. Martin, thank you.

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