By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Support for impeaching President Donald Trump as never been a ‘winning’ issue among the American electorate, but as we draw nearer to the 2020 elections, it’s becoming even less popular, which will leave Democrats with far less to champion in their bid to unseat him.
As NBC News reports:
None of the 20-plus Democrats running for president have wanted to make impeaching President Trump a central focus of their campaign. That is, until last week when billionaire businessman and impeachment advocate Tom Steyer entered the race.
But the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows enthusiasm for impeachment may be waning and that could leave the Democrats’ 2020 hopefuls with a voter base that sees things differently and a complicated issue to tackle as their primary campaign revs up.
In all, support for impeachment tanked six points from last month, falling from 27 percent to just 21 percent. Translated, only one in five Americans believe the president should be driven from office. Still:
The survey isn’t all good news for Trump. The latest survey showed a three-point increase in the number of people who want to see Congress continue its investigation and see where it leads.
And there has been little change in the number of people who want to see Congress drop the impeachment inquiry and let the president complete his term. That number was at 50 percent in this poll, largely unchanged since 48 percent last month and 47 percent in March.
Naturally, more Democrats want to see POTUS impeached than do Republicans. But even at that, it’s only a plurality: Less than 40 percent of registered Democratic voters surveyed think there is enough evidence now to begin impeachment proceedings. That number falls to 21 percent among registered independents.
Though Democrats campaigned last fall on the issue, by January support for impeaching the president was already falling, as we reported:
The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll found that only 40 percent of respondents support Congress beginning impeachment proceedings against the president, which is down nine points since August, while 55 percent oppose it.
As for whether the public trusts Democrats to treat the president fairly, “a 46 percent plurality suspect [they] will ‘go too far’ in their inquiries of Trump, while just over one-third think they will handle it about right.”
The tanking support for impeachment is what drove Democrats to drop the issue shortly after taking over control of the House. And it’s why no leading 2020 Democratic presidential contender is championing the issue now: Because it was never popular outside of the party’s far-Left Ocasio-Cortez wing.
Indeed, the president’s popularity is rising. Last month, The Hill noted, his average approval rating reached its highest point as the U.S. economy continues to expand, the stock market continues to pad Americans’ retirement accounts, and the president deftly works the diplomatic ropes to secure better trade deals with allies and rivals alike while working to diffuse tensions with enemies.
Meanwhile, Democrats appear to be imploding. As we noted Saturday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and elder party members are tiring of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and her “Squad” of Alt-Left Marxists, Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), especially after AOC called Pelosi a racist last week after the speaker criticized her political tactics.
In an interview, Pelosi told The New York Times that “all these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”
For that, AOC pulled the race card on Pelosi, claiming that the Speaker’s criticism wasn’t based on anything other than a disdain for ‘women of color’ who were elected in November. She told The Washington Post that the “persistent singling out” by the speaker was “outright disrespectful” and affected “newly-elected women of color.”
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