When news of a poll last week showing diminishing support for impeachment reached President Donald Trump, he quickly seized the moment and tweeted out the results.
“Support for Impeachment is dropping like a rock, down into the 20’s in some Polls,” he wrote on Monday.
Impeachment polling didn’t drop as low as Trump said it did — no poll shows support “down into the 20s” — but an Emerson College poll did show a trend downwards, which many on the right were quick to pick up on.
Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican ally of Trump’s, tweeted out his own observations of the poll, as Vox pointed out. “Wow — Impeachment way under water with independents. 49% oppose, only 34% support. The American people see through this,” Meadows wrote.
Wow – Impeachment way under water with independents. 49% oppose, only 34% support.
The American people see through this.https://t.co/ZZjvcZuV76
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) November 22, 2019
Trump retweeted Meadows’s comments.
The Emerson poll indeed found a 14-point drop among independent voters from its previous polling numbers, which lowered support for impeachment overall. Just 43 percent backed the impeachment of Trump in Emerson’s most recent poll, while 45 percent were against it.
But the Emerson poll seemed to be more of an anomaly to some than an indication that the winds were changing. In fact, the same poll found Trump was ahead of Democratic presidential challengers, where other polls were not showing such optimistic figures for the incumbent in 2020.
Was the poll a sign of things to come, or a misnomer that happens in polling from time-to-time? Time is the key factor here, as more polling would be needed to know for sure.
Since that time, more polling has been released. CNN/SSRS released its poll on Tuesday, a day after Trump’s comments above, which shows that support for impeachment isn’t decreasing.
Fifty percent of Americans want to see Trump impeached and removed from office, according to the poll, and 43 percent don’t want him to be impeached, dispelling the belief pushed by the right this week that the numbers were sinking.
What’s more, it seems that more voters are happy than not with the way Democrats are doing things. Only 40 percent of respondents said that Democrats were abusing their Constitutionally-granted powers in pursuing an impeachment inquiry, while 52 percent said they were using their powers in a proper way.
And as far as independent voters go? The CNN poll again shows more independents support impeachment and removal than not, by a 47 percent to 45 percent margin difference.
Politico/Morning Consult poll:
Support for Trump impeachment/removal in Senate trial: 50 percent
Oppose impeachment and removal: 42 percent.
Was 47/42 for impeachment last week.
Those aren’t good numbers (or trends) for Republicans.https://t.co/CujcHeqrwp
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) November 26, 2019
Politico also released a poll on Tuesday, and its results are in line with what CNN found. According to the Politico/Morning Consult poll, 50 percent of Americans support impeaching Trump, with 41 percent opposed to those efforts. As far as the Senate removing Trump, 50 percent again say they want that to happen, with 42 percent opposed.
As more polling comes about, it’ll become more clear as to where the people stand on the issue, just days after the public impeachment hearings came to a close last week.
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