Impeachment Rapidly Gaining in Popularity

Wayyy up.

As The Hill reports, Americans are growing increasingly more supportive of the idea of impeaching President Trump:

A survey from Quinnipiac University Poll released Monday found respondents evenly split, 47 percent to 47 percent, on whether they support impeaching President Trump and removing him from office, a 10-point swing in favor of impeachment over a five-day period. [Pols emphasis]

The polling firm previously found voters opposed to impeachment and removal, 57 percent to 37 percent, in a poll released Sept. 25. The shift is largely driven by increased support of impeachment among Democrats, who support it 90 percent to 5 percent in the newest poll, up from 73 percent to 21 percent last week…

…A majority of voters, 52 percent, said they specifically support the impeachment inquiry announced last week by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), with independents supporting it 50 percent to 45 percent.

Fifty-six percent of respondents said they think Trump believes he is above the law, compared to 42 percent who do not, while 54 percent agreed that Trump abuses the powers of his office versus 43 percent who disagreed.

Last week, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) justified his opposition to an impeachment investigation in part by suggesting that public opinion was against the idea. It appears that Gardner is going to need a new argument.

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  1. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    (just in case we ever get back to the Mueller report)

  2. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Can we get through the "backing for an impeachment investigation" and perhaps even a bit of the actual investigation BEFORE we start pushing out the "hypocrite partisan quotes" on Senators?

    • kwtreekwtree says:

      Why? Have you seen any sign that they are embarrassed by past hypocrisy?

      • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

        I don't think any Representative or Senator — Republican OR Democrat — will be embarrassed by what they said 20 years ago as Clinton was investigated, impeached, and tried.  Nor do I think they will necessarily even TRY to justify their inconsistencies.

        I'm not certain what noting that partisans said does much of anything to help encourage people to look at this case with as little partisanship as possible.

         And I’m grumpy from lack of sleep last night.

         

  3. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Axios pointed to another poll: 

    CNN found a 47%-45% split in favor of impeaching and removing Trump from office, up from 41%-54% in May.

    CNN notes: "The change since May has largely come among independents and Republicans. About three-quarters of Democrats favor impeaching Trump and removing him from office, roughly the same as in May, while among independents, support for impeachment and removal has risen 11 points to 46% among independents and 8 points to 14% among Republicans."

  4. itlduso says:

    Where are the missing twenty minutes of the Trump/Zelenski phone call? (The current transcript is only 10 of 30 total minutes of the call.)

    Notice how eerily similar this is to the missing 18 1/2 minutes of Nixon tapes that were erased by Rosemary Woods?

  5. NotHopeful says:

    If Trump's actions are not impeachable, then nothing is impeachable. He has conspired with Pompeo and Barr, at least, to essentially blackmail the government of Ukraine into making up false allegations against his likely Democratic opponent next year. 

    Not only that, Trump may well have ordered White House staff to conceal transcripts of his conversations with foreign leaders on grounds that he does not wish to be embarrassed by them. But the Executive Order that governs classification, which remains in effect and which is law (yes, it is), does not permi classification for that reason.

    Trump's calls to foreign leaders aside from the president of Ukraine may also turn out to be a significant problem for him. If the transcripts or, let's hope, actual recordings of those calls show that Trump made promises that compromise US national security or that indicate he makes decisions based on personal economic considerations, then he would have committed treason. Literally.

    There's also the issue of Trump's taxes. Sooner or later, his desperate attempt to prevent the public from seeing them will fail. If that happens before the end of his term, I think it is highly likely that the public will actually see documentary evidence of corruption. I hypothesize that Trump fights to keep his tax returns secret because, first, he has taken loans from Russian oligarchs and banks and that casts doubt on his willingness to hold Russia to account as an adversary of this nation and, second, he may well have evaded taxes by using tax shelters of questionable legality. We have already seen indications that tax fraud is something that the Trump family has done. See the NY Times report on that from some months ago.

    Then there's the payoffs to the porn stars. If the New York DA who has started an investigation of that behavior, which is essentially undisputed, concludes that Trump violated New York criminal law, that alone could be the basis for a finding that he committed a "high crime and misdemeanor" under the Constitution.

    And there's the lingering possibility that Trump has ties to mobsters, that he has engaged in money laundering, and that he has engaged in fraud in the marketing of a variety of Trump Organization products and services. 

    Finally, there's the issues of campaign finance law violations and of obstruction of justice, the latter of which was found by the Mueller Report to be supported by significant evidence,.

    If I were Trump, I'd start planning now for the end of his presidency. At some point, the Republican Senate will begin to put its political interests above his. When it does, Trump is toast.

     

    • MADCO says:

      A list of facts?
      We want fire and cool euphemism and innuendo. Sure, facts are ok. But hints and allegations, diatribe, animal talk, this is what we the hoi polloi crave. It's all we know, really.

      So unless or until the guy starts dating 14 year olds (that aren't his daughter) and lying about consensual sex with coworkers the rest is just spin and hype.

      Why is Flynn taking the 5th?
      How much does a pardon cost? Is there any discount for commutation?

      Snowden was right and almost saved the 4th Amendment. Almost.
      It never happened. If it did, it's not illegal. If it is, Obama and Clinton did it too. His birth certificate, her emails, pizzagate,.. I could go on.
      But this is the 21st century – catch up will ya?

       

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Hey! Nobody’s perfect . . .

      . . . besides, he is the “chosen” one.

      . . . (I haven’t heard this yet as a Republican defense, but I know I will . . . )

  6. Meiner49erMeiner49er says:

    He's guilty on so many levels, and has been for the duration of his presidency. Yes, there are some hard facts here against Trump, but ultimately the only popularity poll that matters is in the Senate. I'll get interested when some of the hard facts pull in the likes of McConnell and Graham. Until then, the GOP base admires them for their tenacious d(enial).

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