House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has pursued multiple efforts to cut the Trump administration short, suggesting the president has become a “clear and present danger” to the nation he leads.
But although Democrats — along with a handful of Republicans — have clamored for President Donald Trump’s removal, one prominent pollster insists that the American people largely have other priorities.
“A waste of time and money”
As the Washington Examiner noted, John McLaughlin sent a memo to Trump adviser Jason Miller indicating that swing-state voters are more likely to endorse restrictions on Big Tech firms than proposals to kick the president out of office.
“Voters strongly prefer that Congress deal with fighting coronavirus and not impeachment,” he said, according to the Examiner. “Impeachment is viewed as a waste of time and money.”
The data compiled by McLaughlin came amid a widespread purge of Trump and his allies from social media sites that blame the president’s rhetoric for inciting a riot on Capitol Hill last week.
Meanwhile, lawmakers in the House vote by a margin of 232–197 to impeach the president for a second time on Wednesday.
Respondents in battleground states including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin, however, are “firmly against” the idea, McLaughlin explained.
“Keeping the country divided”
“Voters believe that the Democrats are playing politics and that continuing to attack the president is making it worse,” he said, as the Examiner reported.
Of those responses included in his polling results, fewer than one in four favored impeaching Trump with a full 60% indicating that doing so would be “a waste of time and money.”
Nearly three in four respondents described the impeachment effort as “politically motivated to prevent the president from running again” with 65% adding their belief that both Pelosi and President-elect Joe Biden are “keeping the country divided.”
A whopping 77% of voters in the aforementioned swing states would prefer for Congress to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic instead of retribution aimed at the president.
As for tech firms like Twitter and Facebook that have sought to ban the president’s posts from their platforms, McLaughlin noted that 74% of respondents concurred with the statement that if such firms have the power to silence the president then “they can take away the right to free speech for any American.”