(National Sentinel) Politically Toxic: A recent survey has found that talk of impeaching President Donald J. Trump is not a good campaign tactic for Democrats seeking to win back control of Congress.
A new NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll of likely voters shows the majority of respondents say they would definitely vote against a congressional candidate who runs on a platform pledging to remove the 45th president from office.
Of those surveyed, 47 percent of likely voters said they would oppose an impeachment-seeking Democratic candidate, while 42 percent said they likely would favor such a pledge and candidate.
But 10 percent remain undecided, and with a margin of error of +/- 4 percent, the margin of disapproval could always go much higher.
The poll found 47 percent of likely voters said they would oppose such a candidate, while 42 percent said they would favor such a candidate. The remaining 10 percent said they were undecided. The poll has a margin of error of roughly 4 percent.
As reported by The Western Journal:
Even among Democrats, there is some hesitancy to use impeachment as a reason for supporting a candidate, with 30 percent saying they would either definitely vote against a candidate who favors impeachment (18 percent of respondents) or are unsure if it would impact their vote (12 percent).
“If the question of impeachment dominates the news this fall, like so many other voter concerns, it breaks along partisan lines,” Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, said of the results in a statement.
“But, because nearly one-third of Democrats are not eager to open up this debate, it is one potential campaign issue that advantages the GOP,” Miringoff added.
“The threat of impeachment provides Republicans their best point of attack looking toward the midterm elections, and I think we’re going to hear a lot more about it from their arsenal as they try to isolate the Robert Mueller investigation and delegitimize it,” Miringoff later told NPR.
“If there’s a silver lining for Republicans in this data, it’s the impeachment question.”
Talk of impeachment is much more popular in solidly Democratic districts but not so much in swing districts or those that only lean Democratic, experts noted.