By a nearly 20-point margin, Americans are opposed to impeaching President Trump, according to polling by the Washington Post and ABC News.
“A majority of Americans say they oppose calls for Congress to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump in the wake of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the president sought to interfere with the probe, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll,” reported the Post’s Dan Balz and Scott Clement. “Thirty-seven percent of Americans favor starting the process that could lead to impeachment, a slight dip over the past month, while 56 percent say they oppose the idea, about the same as a month ago.”
And despite congressional Democrats’ obsession with impeachment–as well as calls for impeachment, or at least impeachment consideration, from Democratic presidential candidates — if they choose to proceed down that path, it appears they would alienate independents because of how public sentiment is trending.
“About 6 in 10 independents are against impeachment now, and independents are more opposed today than they were when measured in a January poll — a sign of the potential political danger for Democrats as they seek to win back key centrist voters in their goal of beating Trump next year,” the Post reported.
Trump has referred to the Mueller report as the “Bible” and praised its findings.
“Overall, the Post-ABC survey finds that partisan allegiance colors the views of Americans about what the Mueller report found, what it means and what should be done as a result,” the Post continued. “But on one question there was agreement across the political spectrum. Mueller receives positive marks from Democrats and Republicans, with 53 percent of Democrats, 56 percent of Republicans and 51 percent of independents saying they believe the report was fair and evenhanded. Fewer than 3 in 10 of any partisan group say the report was not fair.”