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[00:00.04]This week political observers watched the first televised hearings
[00:06.92]of the impeachment investigation against U.S. President Donald Trump with interest.
[00:16.44]Opposition party lawmakers hope the hearings will help persuade Americans
[00:23.97]that Trump should be ousted from office.
[00:28.54]But the hearings are not likely to cause many Americans
[00:34.23]to change their minds about the president, the Associated Press reports.
[00:40.96]Voters either like him or dislike him.
[00:46.80]News organizations are especially interested in the opinions of voters in states
[00:54.59]that will help decide the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
[01:02.20]One of those states is Michigan. One voter there, Quincy Murphy,
[01:08.35]watched the hearing on his television at home.
[01:12.67]He said nothing he could see or hear would change his mind
[01:18.47]that Trump was unfit to be president.
[01:21.96]"I watch it in disgust," Murphy said.
[01:26.40]He is 45 years old.
[01:28.96]He works for a car manufacturer.
[01:33.05]In the 2016 presidential election, he voted for Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton.
[01:42.16]Murphy added, "I haven't found anything to convince me
[01:47.35]that he is doing what's best for this country."
[01:52.88]More than 700 kilometers away, a Trump supporter was equally strong
[01:59.40]in his belief that the hearings would have no effect on his opinion.
[02:07.72]Joe D'Ambrosio is 76-years-old.
[02:12.36]He has a job cutting people's hair in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
[02:19.11]The television in his store was playing the hearing.
[02:23.44]"I fully support the president," D'Ambrosio said.
[02:29.24]He said he talked to a lot of people who were happy with their jobs
[02:35.12]and the gains in their financial investments during Trump's time in office.
[02:41.77]The opposition party doesn't "want to talk about that,
[02:47.08]and I think they are going to pay a price," he said.
[02:53.36]Another man in the store added that he did not think that Trump had done anything illegal.
[03:02.12]The president is accused of withholding foreign aid to Ukraine,
[03:08.88]which has faced Russian aggression.
[03:12.48]Witnesses say the move was meant to pressure the Ukrainian leader.
[03:19.19]They say Trump wanted him to announce investigations
[03:24.68]into the family of one of Trump's U.S. political competitors.
[03:31.84]Some lawmakers say the effort shows a president abusing his office,
[03:38.87]and the power of American foreign policy, for personal political gain.
[03:46.41]The man was not convinced.
[03:49.99]"We ask countries to do things all the time," he said.
[03:55.39]The three men's comments fit the findings of a recent public opinion study.
[04:03.34]It found that 79 percent of people in the president's Republican Party
[04:11.47]oppose impeachment. In the opposition party, the democrats, 75 percent support it.
[04:21.88]Even voters who say they do not belong to either party
[04:27.35]did not believe the hearings would help them decide how to vote in the 2020 election.
[04:38.36]I'm Anne Ball. 更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM