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New poll not what Democrats hoped for on impeachment. Now what?

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Don’t expect this to get much play in today’s media, but a new poll shows that more Americans want the Democratic Party to pull the plug on its partisan impeachment inquisition than those who want to see President Trump impeached.

In an effort to poll what Americans outside the Beltway think about impeachment, a new Suffolk University survey done for USA Today gave 1,000 registered voters three options on the matter, the Washington Examiner reported.

The choices were:

A) The House of Representatives should vote to impeach President Trump.
B) The House should continue investigating Trump, but not vote to impeach him.
C) Congress should drop its investigations into President Trump and administration.


A plurality of those responded, 37%, said the House should drop its investigations, according to the Examiner. Thirty-six percent of those polled said the House should vote to impeach and 22% said the House should continue investigating the president but not impeach.

Five percent were trying to figure out what planet they were on and did not give an answer on the secret impeachment inquiry taking place in the basement of the U.S. Capitol.

The results also show how partisan the issue of impeachment is:

Seventy percent of Democrats said the House should vote to impeach, while just 8% of Republicans and 22% of independents favored an impeachment vote. […]

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.


More women supported an impeachment vote than men, 41% compared to 31%.

On a break down of race, 73% of black voters wanted a House impeachment vote, with just 7% favoring dropping the investigation. Forty-five percent of white voters wanted the matter dropped.

On the controversial call between Trump and the Ukrainian president, which is the driving force behind the impeachment inquiry, only 38% of those polled said that the conversation is an impeachable offense.

This being “well below what could be called a groundswell,” wrote columnist Byron York.

“That means at the moment, according to Suffolk, there is a bare majority that does not believe Trump should be impeached for the phone call — which, of course, is the heart of the Democrats’ impeachment effort,” he added.

York offered an explanation of the ongoing dog and pony show being orchestrated by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who is leading the party’s campaign to unseat a duly elected president.

Not that the polling is currently working in their favor.

“Just as they did after the release of the Mueller report, Democrats now hope televised hearings will convince Americans that the president must be impeached,” York wrote. “It didn’t work out before. Now, the Suffolk poll suggests Democrats should be cautious as they try again.”

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the polling from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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