When House Democrats embarked upon their quixotic mission to impeach and remove President Donald Trump from office, they likely expected that, with the full assistance of the mainstream media, they’d have huge support in the effort from the American people, Trump would at the very least be severely weakened, and the Democratic field of 2020 candidates would be bolstered.
The ongoing impeachment process has had the exact opposite effect, however. Breitbart reports that a recent poll indicates support for impeachment is dropping; President Trump is gaining in popularity, and he now beats every top Democratic candidate in hypothetical head-to-head matchups.
Impeachment support declines
The trifecta of bad news for the Democrats came by way of a USA Today/Suffolk University poll, which reported that its most recent survey of registered voters in December showed that 51% opposed impeaching and removing President Trump from office, while only 45% supported the effort.
That is a substantial shift in sentiment from the same poll in October, when 47% were in favor of impeachment, and only 46% opposed it.
The December poll also showed that President Trump’s approval rating stood at 48%, with 50% disapproval, a four-point swing from October when only 46% of voters approved and 52% disapproved of Trump’s performance.
In other words, quite to the contrary of Democrat expectations, impeachment is growing increasingly unpopular, while the president’s support continues to grow.
Beating them all
Perhaps the worst news in that poll was the fact that President Trump is now beating the top five Democrat candidates in hypothetical matchups, including the frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden, whom Trump would defeat by three points, 44-41%.
The poll showed that Trump would beat Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) by a margin of 44-39% and would defeat Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) by a margin of 45-37%.
Rounding out the top five potential competitors were South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who would lose to Trump 43-33% and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whom Trump would top by a count of 43-34%.
To be sure, polls are rather unreliable this far out from an election, but the growing trend — which Breitbart reported was echoed in several other concurrent polls — is certainly moving in President Trump’s direction.
Also, considering the manner in which major polls are typically stacked against Trump, it is really quite telling that he is performing so well, and he may be doing even better right now than other polling outlets have let on.
All of which is to say that — at least as of this moment — impeachment has almost certainly backfired on the Democrats and has achieved the exact opposite of what they set out to do.