A recent poll that found nearly 70 percent of Republicans believe President Joe Biden should be impeached if the GOP takes control of Congress in 2023 added to the already high stakes going into the midterm elections.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst conducted a poll in conjunction with YouGov that garnered 1,000 respondents to weigh in on not only whether they believe a Republican-controlled legislature would impeach Biden to commence the 118th U.S. Congress, but if they should as well. As the polling between May 5-9 did not suggest a reason to respondents for the removal of Biden, the results returned were expectedly partisan.
In the case of the generic question should Biden be impeached if Republicans reclaim the House, an overall 34 percent comprised of 68 percent of Republican respondents held that position.
53% of Republicans, and 46% of Democrats believe a GOP House would impeach Joe Biden… pic.twitter.com/jOxlixXohA
— Alex Theodoridis (@AGTheodoridis) May 13, 2022
“While just over one-third of the poll’s 1,000 respondents (34%) say that a GOP-controlled House should impeach Biden, 68% of Republicans and Trump voters and 66% of conservatives all would like to see the President charged by Congress for treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors, the formal criteria for impeachment laid out in the Constitution,” the release explained without specifying a particular high crime or misdemeanor.
As such, it appears the intent of the poll was more to support the narrative that impeachment has become a political tool used along partisan divides rather than the serious measure it is intended to be.
UMass Amherst associate professor of political science Tatishe Nteta who directed the poll suggested as much in his analysis of the findings.
“The decision to impeach a president was once viewed as a last resort to reign in a president who pushed or broke through the boundaries of our laws, values and ethics. Today, impeachment is no longer a final option, but one of many weapons to be used in an era of rampant partisan polarization to gain an upper hand on one’s partisan opponents,” he contended.
“With a number of Republican members of Congress calling to impeach President Biden,” Nteta went on, “the chorus will likely grow louder if and when the Republican Party takes control of the U.S. House in 2022.”
Again the trouble with this polling is that in a representative form of government it is up to elected officials to do what their voters send them to Washington, D.C. to accomplish. So, while it is no surprise that a majority of conservative voters want to see Biden removed, by not providing a reason for that removal, Democrat politicians can just as easily point to a similar majority of their voters in opposition to impeachment to impede such an action.
Liberals have already begun to question the legitimacy of any attempt to remove Biden as any alleged wrongdoing is continually swept under the carpet by complicit corporate media outlets.
Getting even, apparently.
— AnnGiven (@AnnGiven) May 13, 2022
They don't need a reason. I imagine it will be something like "because fvck you, that's why"
— MorganFall (@MorganFall) May 13, 2022
The bigger takeaway for Republicans should be the disparity between those who want Biden impeached and those who actually believe he will be impeached. With a 15-point spread with a plus or minus of 3.5 percent on the figures, there is an obvious lack of faith from the voters in their representatives following through on promises made. If the GOP hopes to keep the enthusiasm high heading into November, they are going to have to address that gap and make clear that they mean business, especially if they hope to get a filibuster-proof majority.
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