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By 45%-38%, Americans Now Support Impeaching Donald Trump

A simplistic read is that Americans consider the Ukraine scandal to be a more serious issue than the Mueller report. 

A plurality of Americans now support the impeachment of Donald Trump, a new USA Today/Ipsos Poll of 1,006 adults, taken Tuesday and Wednesday, shows.

Although the partisan divide is predictably stark, the poll is the latest bit of evidence to suggest that popular support for removing the president from office is growing.

The poll found that 45% of Americans believe the House should vote to impeach Trump (38% do not).  44% think the Senate should convict him (35% do not).

Read the latest on the impeachment inquiry

As Ipsos notes, “the issue of impeachment uncovers a vast partisan split, as Democrats overwhelmingly favor a House impeachment vote (74%) and Senate conviction (72%), while fewer than one in five Republicans (17% each) agree”.

(Note: While 17% is obviously a very low number, the fact that nearly one in five Republicans support not only a vote to impeach, but a Senate vote to convict and remove, seems somewhat at odds with the president’s claims that his support among GOP voters is basically universal)

The sample includes 412 Democrats, 403 Republicans, and 115 Independents.

Just how much has public opinion shifted on this issue in light of the Ukraine scandal? Well, quite a bit, actually.

A USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll taken in June revealed that Americans opposed impeachment by nearly 2-1, 61%-32%.

A simplistic read is that Americans consider Trump’s call with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky to be a more serious issue than the Mueller report.

To the extent one can draw that conclusion, it could very well be that a short transcript released by the White House itself was far easier for voters to digest and understand than a 400+ page report penned by a team of prosecutors.

You could argue that the whistle-blower complaint itself is behind the surge in support for impeachment, or that it’s just a cumulative effect (i.e., a “straw that broke the camel’s back” type of deal), but, again, it’s entirely possible that Americans simply found the call transcript to be compelling evidence against Trump, an ironic development considering he himself authorized its release.

It probably doesn’t help that the president continues to shout (both on Twitter and on camera) about the call being “perfect!” – that incessant spin effort may be too transparently defensive even for some Trump supporters.

“Even among Republicans, 30% say the president asking Ukraine to look into the behavior of former vice president Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, would be an abuse of power”, USA Today writes, summarizing the results of the Ipsos Poll.

Worse, a whopping 80% of Republicans said Trump is subject to all laws.

Hilariously, that’s actually a higher number than among Democrats or independents.


 

7 comments on “By 45%-38%, Americans Now Support Impeaching Donald Trump

  1. Harvey Cotton says:

    I can see Trump’s advisors telling him the good news that Ipsos literally only found 450 or so Americans in the country that support impeaching him.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ukraine? Russia? Just believe that people think he is completely off his rocker. Drag everything into this impeachment process, i.e., taxes, Russia, corruption, let it see the light of day, and drive this lunatic insane.

  3. calh0025 says:

    I see it as simply much more concrete. It’s hard to explain to people why the Mueller report matters since most of the time the people he ordered to do stuff said “are you insane? no.” so while Trump wanted to be corrupt he was executing corruption adeptly. Now though it’s clear he’s burned through all the “adults” in the room and people are just doing the corrupt stuff he orders without question. So anyone who was on the fence now understands that “wait and see” is no longer viable. The remaining people either think it best to just wait for the election or will simply support him through literally any scandal.

  4. vicissitude says:

    Re: “Trump’s call with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky to be a more serious issue than the Mueller report”

    I think the beauty here, is that trump became more brazen and was more un-checked, as-if playing out his YUGE gangster role and believing he could get away with murder, exciting his zealots and obviously MAGA. The Mueller circus laid out the basic groundwork, to remind most sane people that trump has always been on the edge of criminal-like actions — and this whistle blower event turned structural weakness into an avalanche. The stable genius overplayed his weak hand and now in desperation, that weakness will expose more and more weakness and instability, resulting in a biggly super nova.

    Also see: Frozen Star (could be a new name for me)

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