A handful of House Republicans joined Democrats this week in voting to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time.
According to a new poll, however, those in the GOP who support the effort are at risk of alienating their voters.
10 House Republicans back impeachment
As Breitbart reported, a survey of battleground-state voters found that 80% of Republican respondents are less likely to support candidates who oppose the president.
The second impeachment vote against Trump passed on Wednesday, just one week before the end of Trump’s current term in the White House.
The president’s rivals have placed much of the blame for last week’s violent riot at the U.S. Capitol building on his rhetoric regarding supposedly widespread election fraud in November’s presidential race.
The latest article of impeachment has effectively divided the GOP between the pro-Trump and establishment wings with 10 Republican lawmakers — led by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the third-highest ranking House Republican — voting to impeach.
A recent poll by McLaughlin & Associates found that voters across the political spectrum largely feel the effort is a waste of time in the final days of the Trump administration.
Most see it as “politically motivated”
Impeachment is unpopular among about 60% of respondents overall, with a staggering 8 in 10 Trump voters — and 76% of all Republicans — describing themselves as “less likely” to vote for lawmakers who voted in favor of the article, the poll found. Among the general public, slightly less than half of those surveyed said they would penalize lawmakers for supporting the move against Trump.
Furthermore, 65% of voters believe that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and President-elect Joe Biden are further dividing the country with their anti-Trump rhetoric. Nearly three in four respondents described the impeachment push as “politically motivated to prevent the president from running again,” the Washington Examiner reported.
The poll reportedly reached 800 voters in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
For his part, Trump is reportedly asking for a briefing on the 10 GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach him to discuss potential primary challenges in their future re-election bids.