Majority of Americans do not want President Trump impeached
A majority of voters do not support beginning impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, according to a new poll released on Wednesday
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released on Wednesday, a majority of American voters are not in favor of congressional efforts to impeach President Donald Trump. However, the populace wants lawmakers to act as a "check" against his administration.
As we inch closer to the November midterm elections, voters reportedly favor Democratic candidates by 14% points. However, over 56% of respondents also said they would not want a Democratic majority in the house to launch impeachment proceedings against the president. That said, 36% of voters favor his impeachment.
Liberal candidates and activists have for long demanded House Democrats to go ahead with impeachment proceedings if they find themselves in the majority in the lower house post the midterms. Tom Steyer, a billionaire activist, has been going around the country promoting Trump's impeachment. He even accused Democrat heavyweights during his tour of not doing enough to take the president out of his office and inadvertently "normalizing" his behavior.
In a conversation with Rolling Stone earlier this summer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that during an important election year, discussions of impeachment were only "a gift to the Republicans".
"I don't think it's in the interest of America's working families to focus on that unless we have more [evidence] to go on, which we don't at this time," Pelosi said.
That said, Democrats are going to face a tough challenge making a positive impression on voters even if they secure a majority in Congress and avoid impeachment. 72% of Americans expressed disapproval with the job Congress is doing, according to the poll.
“American voters don’t want Congress to tell President Donald Trump, ‘You’re fired!’ by serving him with articles of impeachment,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll. “By a 14-point margin, Americans would rather vote for the Democratic candidate in their local race for the US House of Representatives. Could the ‘blue wave’ become a tsunami?"
"Whoever wins, they’re going into a Congress with an abysmal approval rating,” he added.
Over 1,000 registered voters contributed to the survey which was conducted from September 6 to 9 and usually has a margin of error of 3.7% points.