Two weeks ago, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that she would officially back calls for an inquiry into impeaching President Donald Trump, and with her endorsement the House would pursue an investigation into his alleged misconduct.
“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said on Tuesday, September 24.
Two weeks out from that announcement, a new Washington Post/Schar School poll finds that most Americans stand with her and not the president.
According to that poll, an overwhelming majority — nearly 3-in-5 voters, or 58 percent — say they’re supportive of the impeachment inquiry itself. Just 38 percent say they’re against the idea of the inquiry. Among those who are supportive of the inquiry, 86 percent support Trump’s impeachment at this moment.
Conversely, the catalyst of impeachment itself — Trump asking a foreign leader to investigate a political adversary of his — was frowned down upon by an even wider margin. Only 32 percent of Americans think Trump calling for an investigation into Hunter and Joe Biden was appropriate, while 62 percent found that action to be inappropriate, according to the poll.
On looking at the two major political parties involved in impeachment, most seem supportive of Democrats and skeptical of Republicans’ behaviors. Fifty-five percent of Americans do not believe Democrats are overreacting to the president’s behavior in calling for an impeachment inquiry. Meanwhile, 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Republicans have handled themselves so far during the past two weeks, regarding the matter.
Finally, on whether Trump himself upholds adequate standards for ethics, Americans resoundingly said “no,” by a margin of 60 percent who said as much, with 35 percent saying he was ethical in his demeanor.
In a pair of tweets from early October, Trump lambasted the impeachment inquiry, calling it a “COUP intended to take away the Power of the People, their VOTE, the Freedoms,” and more.
The Washington Post/Schar School poll seems to contradict those notions entirely, as it finds most Americans are supportive of the calls for the inquiry.
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