Approval of Trump’s impeachment keeps risingPosted by Josh Taylor / October 19, 2019
A recent poll––taken before Trump’s disastrous Turkey incident––shows that approval of the impeachment investigations into him is on the rise. Fifty-four percent of Americans approve of the investigation, with only 44% disapproving of the investigations. Worse for Trump, 58% of respondents believe that Trump definitely or probably did something that constitutes “grounds for impeachment.” Most of the increase comes from moderate or independent-leaning Democrats, but some is coming from Republicans.
The latest polls indicate a major shift in public opinions about Trump’s impeachment. A majority of Americans now support the proceedings. 58% of Americans think the impeachment proceedings are correct––including 80% Democrats and 30% Republicans. A whopping 49% of Americans believe the House should call for Trump’s removal from office. What’s worse for Trump: GOP support for impeachment is on the rise.
Public support for impeaching Trump is higher than both Nixon and Clinton during their impeachments. And, according to new polls, support for impeaching Trump is on the rise.
An ABC News-Ipsos survey reveals that 60% of Americans think that it’s a serious problem that Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden. Only 36% of respondents say it’s not serious. A YouGov poll, meanwhile, shows that 55% of Americans think the impeachment probe is necessary, while 45% think it is unnecessary.
Last week, a poll showed support for impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump has risen 12 points since three months ago. Opposition to impeachment dropped 3 points.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced formal impeachment inquiries into President Donald Trump two weeks ago:
“I’m announcing that the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. I’m directing our six committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella of impeachment inquiry,” Pelosi said in the announcement.
The move came after Donald Trump admitted to speaking with the Ukrainian president and suggesting he look into the Trump’s rival, Joseph Biden. As the New York Times points out, Pelosi’s announcement ends months of caution on the Democrat’s part, and signals a new aggressiveness against Trump.
“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, was largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place, was largely the fact that we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son [contributing] to the corruption already in Ukraine,” he said.
Several news publications called for Trump’s impeachment again, including The Talking Points Memo and The Washington Post. Senator Elizabeth Warren reiterated her own calls, calling Congress complicit before Pelosi’s announcement.
Bill Weld, a Republican Party primary challenger, accused Donald Trump of treason for urging Ukraine to meddle in the 2020 elections.
“Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election,” Weld said, “It couldn’t be clearer, and that’s not just undermining democratic institutions. That is treason. It’s treason, pure and simple, and the penalty for treason under the U.S. code is death. That’s the only penalty. “he penalty under the Constitution is removal from office, and that might look like a pretty good alternative to the president if he could work out a plea deal.”