A poll released just hours before the Democratic impeachment session led by the House of Representatives indicates that Americans oppose impeaching the president from office by a margin of 51-45 majority.
The Gallup survey, just released last Wednesday morning, also indicates a drop in support for Trump’s impeachment from October, when the inquiry into the president first began. According to Gallup, at that time, Americans supported impeachment by a 52-46 margin. The recent poll, which was conducted December 2-15, shows an approval rating that has increased in the past two months, while the House held public hearings.
The Gallup survey is one of seven live telephone operator national polls taken on impeachment that were conducted this month. Several of the polls indicate a slight drop in support for impeachment since October.
According to President Trump’s social media posts Friday, “Poll numbers have gone through the roof in favor of No Impeachment.”
All of the surveys indicate a deep partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans over whether to impeach the president, and most of the polls suggest that a majority of independent voters oppose removing President Trump from the White House. In fact, polls from Quinnipiac University, Gallup, PBS/NPR/Marist, and USA Today/Suffolk University all indicate that a majority of independents are opposed to impeaching Trump and removing him from office.
In addition, the polls spotlight a divide in the way men and women vote. The majority of men oppose the impeachment of the president, while women support impeaching and removing Trump from the White House. The surveys also show a rise in Trump’s approval rating from October to December.
Currently, the House approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump, making him the third president in history to face removal by the Senate. The articles say that the president abused the powers of his office and that he obstructed Congress as it investigated him. The votes on the articles of impeachment fell along party lines, after a heated and extended debate that went well into the evening.
Only two Democrats opposed the article on the president’s abuse of power. In that article, Democrats accused President Trump of using his presidential powers to solicit election assistance from Ukraine by requesting an investigation to discredit the conspiring Biden family. Republicans were unanimous and united in their opposition of impeachment. It passed 230 to 197. The second charge, obstruction of Congress, was almost the same vote, except a third Democrat joined Republicans in their opposition. The vote was 229 to 198.
Although an impeachment by the Democratic majority in the House would typically trigger a Senate trial, however Pelosi and the Democrats continue to play games and are now threatening not to hand it over to the senate to vote, as the GOP-controlled Senate is expected to acquit Trump.
On Monday morning, the president took to his social media account to call the Democrats’ impeachment push the “greatest con job in the history of American politics!”
It seems like more and more Americans are starting to agree with him.