April 18, 2018

Poll: Impeachment could backfire on the Democrats

NPR --  Pledging to impeach President Trump would backfire on Democrats hoping to take back the House of Representatives this fall, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

The survey finds that 47 percent of registered voters would definitely vote against a candidate who wanted to remove Trump from office, while 42 percent would definitely vote for a candidate who would make such a promise. Forty-seven percent of independent voters — whose opinions could be decisive — also say they would vote against candidates favoring impeachment.

Unsurprisingly, impeachment is a non-starter with 84 percent of GOP voters.

It's Democrats from more liberal districts who have been making noise about impeaching Trump, while members in more competitive swing districts Democrats will need to win to reach the 23 seats to take back the House have generally opposed such an idea. Democratic leaders don't want to make impeachment a central tenet of their pitch to voters and are fearful it could backfire with voters — just as this new poll suggests — but major donors such as California billionaire Tom Steyer has launched a major campaign pushing to oust Trump.

Democrats would only need a simple majority in the House to impeach Trump — something that's only happened to two other presidents in the country's history. To remove him from the Oval Office, which has never been done before, would take a two-thirds majority in the Senate to convict him on any articles of impeachment, which could theoretically arise from Mueller's investigation.


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Anonymous said...

Comey said the same thing while also comparing Trump to a "forest fire". The issue is that as long as this man is in office, that is exactly what he is; a fire burning the fabric of our democracy. He and/or his supporters/staff are systematically dismantling what is left of the checks and balances put in place with-in our constitution.

I realize that impeaching this demagogue brings a lot of heat to those who would have to do it BUT each and every member of Congress takes an oath of office that they will protect the Constitution from all threats both foreign and domestic. They do NOT take an oath to the President OR the presidential office and Trump is clearly violating the terms of his Constitutional duty as he uses the office for his personal financial enrichment. This aspect of his "leadership" alone should be sufficient to remove him from office.

Anonymous said...

... not to mention that every day he is in office he continues to embolden a violent, nationalist segment of our own nation that would gladly "purge", by what-ever means necessary, all things they deem "un-American" or a threat to their own personal "values" and authority.

Let us also not forget that this man essentially now has exclusive war powers and can expand our military action abroad at a whim or at the behest of any "advisor" who can successfully stroke his ego or expand his "brand".

We are better than this. We don't have to wait until the end of the term to do the right thing. The fact that this is really being suggested is insane. When you see a train wreck about to occur and you are at the junction and can divert the locomotive, you don't refuse to act because you might loose your job for not following orders. You don't refuse to act because your coworker. who didn't recognize the eminent crash and thus set events into motion would "look bad" if you over-rode his choice. You throw the bloody switch and save the god-damned train.