New polling data on the subject of impeachment has been released, and it spells bad news for Democrats. According to the latest research from Gallup, just over half of Americans oppose the prospect of convicting and removing President Donald Trump from office.
The survey further revealed that 93% of Republicans stand in opposition to Trump’s removal. While that figure is not particularly surprising, the poll also found that 46% of Independents and even 15% of Democrats do not support the president’s ouster.
Out of all respondents to the Galup survey, 51% agreed with the proposition that Trump should be permitted to finish out his current term. Only 46% of participants had the opposite viewpoint.
There is also no indication that impeachment has dented the president’s approval rating, as Gallup found it to be several points higher now than it was when the impeachment inquiry began last fall.
The poll of 1,014 adults was conducted via telephone from Jan. 2 to Jan. 15 and had a 4% margin of error.
Gallup’s accompanying explanation of the data went on to compare respondents’ opinions about the push to impeach Trump with those concerning former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment over two decades ago.
The numbers indicate that there is a far more partisan political atmosphere in existence today than there was in the late 1990s, as only 65% of Republicans wanted to see Clinton ousted from office at the time, versus 84% of Democrats who say they support that outcome for Trump now.
Another key difference in this realm relates to the position taken by surveyed Independents during the Clinton impeachment compared to those queried in the current poll. Roughly two-thirds of respondents at the time favored a Clinton conviction and removal from office. Fast-forward to the present day, however, and only 49% of Independents believe that Trump needs to go.
Trial set to begin
Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) finally appointed impeachment managers after weeks of delay. The Democrats, who essentially serve as prosecutors in the case, will be led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY).
Pelosi’s decision in this regard drew scorn from members of the New York Post’s editorial board, who said that “a normal court would reject a dishonest prosecutor like Adam Schiff.”
“Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff has been lying to the world for years in his nonstop campaign to smear President Trump,” the editors further opined.
“Next to that,” they added, “the other lead manager, New York’s own Rep. Jerry Nadler, seems a paragon: He’s just a guy who won the Judiciary Committee chairmanship a year ago by claiming he’d be best to ‘lead a potential impeachment’ of Trump.”