PPP Poll: For the First Time, More Americans Favor Impeaching Donald Trump Than not Impeaching Him
Talk about an idea whose time has come! And this is after four months in office.
The poll, conducted by Democratic polling company Public Policy Polling, found that 48 per cent supported such a move, while 41 per cent opposed it.
The same poll found Americans were evenly divided on the issue just three months before.”
Note that while PPP may be a Democratic pollster their results over time have hardly proven to be Democratic leaning.
“Researchers surveyed voters between 12 and 14 May – after Mr Trump’s surprising dismissal of FBI director James Comey, but before revelations from the Washington Post that the president had reportedly shared classified information with Russian officials.”
“Mr Comey’s firing sparked concern from both Democrats and Republicans concerning the FBI’s ongoing investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. Mr Trump’s approval rating slumped to its lowest point in two months in the wake of the firing, according to Gallup daily tracking. The majority of Americans – 57 per cent – now say they are not happy with Mr Trump’s performance.”
“At least 12 Democratic members of Congress have called for Mr Trump’s impeachment since his inauguration. Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe has also argued for such a move, writing in the Washington Post that the firing of Mr Comey marks an “obvious effort to interfere with a probe involving national security matters”.
“Robert Reich, former labour secretary under President Bill Clinton, has argued that Mr Comey’s firing amounts to an “impeachable offence”.
“The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump,” he wrote in a column for Newsweek. “It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party.”
Yesterday, I noted that impeachment is in its-very early-stages.
But even at this early stage impeachment is getting majority support-in at least one poll.
Douglas Blackmon warns that the GOP will discover in the next few months that Donald Trump is the ‘suicide vest of the Republican party.’
10/”…that Donald Trump is a suicide vest strapped around the body of the Republican Party.” If those words don't shake you, what will?
— Karen Germaine (@KarenGermaine) May 21, 2017
And this PPP poll does see signs of this:
“Public Policy Polling found voters’ discontent extends to Republicans in Congress, where Democrats have an 11-point lead in a generic Congressional ballot. Democrats lead Republicans by an average of almost seven points across 15 national polls. according to RealClearPolitics.”
“The polling firm attributes this downswing in Republican popularity to the widely disliked American Health Care Act, which narrowly passed a House vote this month. Only a quarter of voters say they support the bill, compared to 52 per cent who oppose it.”
“Speaking of TrumpCare, Mitch McConnell is trying to pass it behind closed doors.”
We’ll see if McConnell’s pragmatism leads him to avoid this minefield. I’m sure he wants to pass something and wouldn’t count on him to save us. But he also knows that while his party has a major structural advantage in next year’s Senate races-as there are many ore sitting Democrats than sitting Republicans facing reelection-TrumpCare could prove something of a ‘suicide vest’ even for his GOP Senate.
“No one yet knows whether Donald Trump has committed acts that warrant impeachment. Investigations continue, and even should they confirm what the president’s harshest critics allege, the machinery of impeachment is cumbersome and slow — so awkward that it has never resulted in the removal of a president from office — although it has triggered resignation.”
On Saturday, I’d made two points about forcing Trump from office:
1. The odds are probably not great Democrats can force him out of office.
2. But it’s probably not optimal politically for the Dems to force him out of office.
This commenter JMCSF at Scott Sumner’s Money Illusion is largely right, I think.
“Not that I care about partisanship, but Dems have. A great political gift in Trump and should milk it for all it’s worth. Don’t call to impeach him now. Let him wreck everything on his own and time it just right to start investigating in 2019 with timing to impeach right before 2020 election (but after primaries).”
A few points. There’s nothing wrong with talking about impeaching him now as they likely can’t do it yet until-if-they take the House. Of necessity, then, any real impeachment effort will have to wait until 2019. And this will likely take many months-probably well over a year. So, politically speaking they ought to time it so that they impeach him just a few weeks before the 2020 election.
It would be the Democrats’ answer to the Comey letter.
Final thought: I’m pretty concerned about the idea that the special counsel means that Congress scales back it’s role.
“Congress has two committees — the House and Senate intelligence committees — that are taking the lead on investigating Trump-Russia connections in Congress.”
“But the special counsel’s investigation arguably takes priority over all that.”
“Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he got the indication from Rosenstein that the special counsel will essentially put Congress’s investigations “on the back burner,” because Mueller will have priority over key documents and witnesses.”
“Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said maybe Congress’s role will have to change from finding out what happened to finding a way to make sure Russian meddling does not happen again.”
“I am convinced that the Congress has a very significant role,” Cummings told reporters Friday.
I don’t agree at all that the special counsel takes priority. It’s important but so is Congress. John McCain-the only one who seems to get this-continues to call for a select committee.
Congress needs to proceed on a parallel track. Congress also shound to switch to mere prevention either. Congress needs to continue on what happened as the public needs to know what happened not just Robert Mueller and a few legal insiders.
I’m concerned that Congressman Elijah Cummings seems to be falling for this GOP ruse. It’s not enough to figure out what happened, the public must know.
Watergate had a special prosecutor and a select committee and it worked out optimally.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
There is nothing more important in getting answers to Trump-Russia collusion than a Democratic House in 2019. Please donate to help me in my part of the effort to fight for a Dem House.
Thank you. We must have a Dem House. And so, we will.