Poll: Half of US Voters Believe Trump Will Be Impeached Before Term Ends
Nearly 50% of all American voters believe U.S. President Donald Trump is not likely to complete his first four-year term in the White House. Only 27 percent are confident that President Trump would serve all four years of his term.
That is according to a survey released Monday by USATODAY/iMediaEthics.
Another survey, which was conducted online between July 17-19 among 1,330 adults showed that the majority, 51% of the participants, say they are dissatisfied with the way President Trump does his job, compared to 44% who approve.
Thirty-five percent of survey participants said they would be upset if Trump is impeached; while another 35% said they would be upset if he is not.
One of the surveyed participants Vera Peete, an independent caregiver from suburban San Francisco who voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president said “I don’t trust him, I do not trust all the things he’s done while he’s in office, all of the lies, the investigation that goes on with him, and the things he says to his staff.”
“These results suggest that Trump is probably the most beleaguered first-term president in the country’s history, highly unpopular among the public, with a significant portion clamoring for his impeachment barely six months after his inauguration,” says David Moore, a polling director for iMediaEthics.org, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.
Democrats are motivated to flip the House in next year’s midterm elections with an eye to impeaching the president depending on what the Russia investigations conclude.
House Republicans, who currently hold a 46-seat majority, are unlikely to entertain the possibility of removing the president.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and various congressional oversight committees are investigating whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election to favor Trump. President Trump has repeatedly denounced the Russia allegations as a “political witch hunt,” and his aides and allies argue he is the victim of biased news coverage.
The survey results showed that the impeachment idea is supported by more younger people than older people, more women than men, two-thirds of African-Americans, the majority of Hispanics and one-third of whites.
Opponents of other modern presidents had backed impeachment, even when that did not seem to be realistic. In 2014, one-third of CNN/ORC survey participants said Barack Obama should be impeached; 65% said he should not. In 2006, 30% of survey participants approved the impeachment of George W. Bush; 69% disagreed. According to Gallup, two third of the public opposed impeaching former president Bill Clinton even though the House was moving to impeach him. The Senate failed to convict him on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with the Monica Lewinsky affair.
Earlier today, US Congressman Al Green (D-TX) introduced legislation that would bar the US president from pardoning himself, a move Trump is reportedly eyeing amid ongoing congressional investigations into Russia’s alleged ties to his campaign.
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