As President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial moves into its second week, polls show that Americans aren’t enthused about efforts to remove him. And new interviews conducted by the Associated Press seem to support those findings.
“In my circle, everybody’s tired of hearing about it,” 50-year-old Kim Ashford told the AP. “There’s nobody budging. Let’s just agree to disagree.”
“Life’s going to go on”
Ashford, who lives in Gilbert, Arizona, told reporters that she’s “been watching some really odd stuff just to avoid” seeing Trump’s trial on TV. And she’s not the only one.
“I want to watch something that takes me some place happy,” 50-year-old cargo hauler Monica DeMarco told the AP.
While DeMarco says she won’t vote for Trump this November, she isn’t excited about efforts to remove him, either. “Life’s going to go on tomorrow, the sun’s going to come up and we’re going to take care of what’s important in our lives,” the Pennsylvanian told reporters. “What’s going to happen is going to happen and like the marching ants we are, we’ll go on.”
“I question whether this is worth it”
Indeed, the AP reported that Americans, by and large, aren’t enthusiastic about Democrats’ ongoing attempts to oust the president. Eric Kasper, director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, told the outlet that the apparent apathy may be a result of people thinking they already know how the trial will turn out.
“If the story was still unwritten, so to speak, then people would still tune in even if they had personally strong feelings about how they would want it to end,” Kasper explained. “It’s the fact that both of those things are the case — a lot of people have made up their minds, and it looks pretty clear what the outcome of this trial is going to be.”
Thirty-eight-year-old Jeremiah Condon from Fort Dodge, Iowa echoed that assessment. “I’m a bit intrigued by it, but it’s a foregone conclusion,” he told the AP. “It’s stunning how serious it is, and how little it seems to matter.”
Even some who thought the impeachment trial was worthwhile have said they’re having trouble finding a chance to tune in.
“I think it matters. I think we should probably watch it,” 56-year-old Lynn Jackson told the AP. But the library assistant from San Tan Valley, Arizona said it’s been difficult for her to find the time. “I work all day, and then I get home and I’m cooking, cleaning.”
The most recent Fox News poll, released last Sunday, showed that just 50% of Americans want to see Trump convicted by the Senate. Opinions were divided sharply along partisan lines, the network reported, with 81% of Democrats favoring Trump’s removal and 84% of Republicans opposing it.
But while the nation may be divided about the fate the president deserves, there is one thing we can all agree on: This whole thing has been going on for way too long. It’s time we get it over with already.