47% of voters: Impeachment a partisan ploy to oust Trump

Sunday, November 3, 2019
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

voting in AmericaNearly half (47%) of American voters view the impeachment inquiry seeking to drive President Donald Trump from the Oval Office as a partisan-driven witch hunt, and a smaller percentage believes he should be impeached.

Despite the consistent anti-Trump narrative driven by Democrats and the mainstream media, a poll conducted between October 29 and 31 poll on 1,810 voters released Friday by Harvard CAPS/Harris reveals that most Americans remain divided as to whether the president should be removed from office before his 2020 reelection bid, yet a majority still see the impeachment proceedings as fair.

“The poll found that 57 percent of voters believe the investigation has been handled properly so far,” The Hill announced after Harvard CAPS/Harris exclusively issued it the results. “Another 47 percent said that the impeachment inquiry appears to be a partisan bid to oust the president.”

Democrats doing the wrong thing?

Even though a majority of Americans think the impeachment proceedings are being fairly administered, the poll divulged that a substantially smaller minority think Trump should actually be impeached.

“The same poll found that only 45 percent of Americans believed the president should be impeached,” TheBlaze reported from the results. “Another 40 percent said he should not be impeached, while 15 percent said he should be instead censured by Congress.”

The Hill report did not mention whether Americans believe 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden was guilty of using his position as vice president to secure a lucrative job for his son, Hunter Biden, with an energy company in the Ukraine, but it did ask whether they thought Trump was guilty of using his position as leverage when inquiring about the Democratic presidential hopeful’s dealings.

“Meanwhile, 54 percent said that Trump’s actions – pressing Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter – meet the standard for impeachment,” The Hill’s Max Greenwood informed.

The campaign to depose Trump ramped up last week as the Democratic majority in the House moved to forward the impeachment proceedings.

“Democrats pushed a successful vote on the impeachment inquiry on Thursday, with not one vote of support from Republicans,” TheBlaze’s Carlos Garcia explained. “The inquiry is based on allegations of improper demands from Trump in a phone call with the president of Ukraine.”

In both parties, only two of the 428 votes regarding Trump’s impeachment broke party lines.

“The poll results come a day after the House voted 232-196 along party lines to endorse the fast-moving impeachment inquiry,” Greenwood noted. “Only two Democrats, Reps. Collin Peterson (Minn.) and Jeff Van Drew (N.J.), voted against the resolution that sets the stage for a more public phase of the inquiry.”

Transparency on government dealings was regarded as tantamount among Americans who visit the ballot box, and they also believe that the president should be able to wage a defense against the accusations.

“Among American voters there’s broad support for a more public impeachment inquiry, according to the poll, with 81 percent of respondents saying that congressional hearings on Trump’s efforts with regard to Ukraine should be made public,” Greenwood revealed. “Almost as many, 79 percent, believe that lawyers for the president should have an opportunity to question witnesses and receive evidence as part of the inquiry, according to the poll.”

Should he stay or should he go?

When it comes to supporting or opposing the impeachment inquiry on the president, a distinct division between Republicans and Democrats appears.

“[T]here’s a significant partisan divide in perceptions of the impeachment inquiry; only 32 percent of Republicans surveyed said that the inquiry was fair and legitimate, compared to 83 percent of Democrats who said the same,” Greenwood pointed out.

And despite the negative narrative being carried out by the mainstream media regarding the impeachment proceedings, Trump’s approval rating has remained relatively high compared to other stages of his presidency.

“There is also little evidence that the impeachment inquiry is taking a toll on the president’s overall approval rating, with it remaining steady in October at 46 percent, according to the Harvard CAPS/Harris poll,” Greenwood added.

Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll Co-director Mark Penn noted the inconsistency with America’s reaction issues concerning the president, especially as “impeach Trump” numbers have increased alongside rising ratings for the president regarding his handling of the economy and the war on terrorism.

“Impeachment is a mixed bag with no one a clear winner," Penn asserted, according to The Hill. "It looks primarily like a political fight rather than an impeachment with broad support."

Let the president do his job …

Many Americans believe Trump acted inappropriately concerning his interaction with the Ukraine concerning Biden, yet another new poll conducted on 1,000 registered voters by Suffolk University for USA Today reveals most registered voters have had enough of the impeachment threat and want America to move on.

“Thirty-six percent of those polled said the House should vote to impeach, 22% said the House should continue investigation but not impeach, and 37% said the House should drop its investigations,” the Washington Examiner divulged from the poll.

The results show that a partisan divide in America is widening.

“Seventy percent of Democrats said the House should vote to impeach, while just 8% of Republicans and 22% of independents favored an impeachment vote,” the Examiner informed. “Twenty-one percent of Democrats favored more investigation but not impeachment, while 15% of Republicans and 34% of independents agreed, and just 8% of Democrats favored dropping the House investigations altogether, while 71% of Republicans and 36% of independents favored the no-more-investigations option.”

A gender division on the issue was revealed, as well.

“Forty-one percent of women supported a House vote to impeach, while just 31% of men did, [but] nearly equal numbers of women and men – 22% and 23% respectively – wanted to see the investigation continue without impeachment,” the Examiner’s Byron York noted. “Forty-two percent of men wanted to see the investigation dropped entirely, versus 32% of women.”

Race also appears to divide American voters when it comes to impeachment.

“Thirty percent of the white voters polled wanted a House impeachment vote, versus 73% of black voters,” York added. “Forty-five percent of white voters wanted the matter dropped, while just 7% of black voters favored that result.”

 

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