By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) Democrats’ rush to impeach President Donald Trump didn’t work out so well for the party politically, according to a new Gallup survey.
In fact, the effort had exactly the opposite effect.
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As reported by The Hill, Gallup found that, post-impeachment, Republican favorability ratings rose while those for the Garbage Party fell:
A new Gallup poll finds congressional Republicans with a higher approval rating than Democrats in the wake of President Trump‘s impeachment and acquittal in the Senate.
Republicans get a 40 percent approval rating, compared to 35 percent for Democrats.
The Gallup poll found that since October, shortly after Democrats launched the impeachment inquiry, the approval rating for Republicans in the Gallup poll has gone up six points, from 34 percent to 40 percent. Democrats saw their approval rating fall over the same period from 38 percent to 35 percent.
The disapproval rating in the Gallup poll for Democrats rose, from 57 percent to 62 percent.
Here’s another significant finding: Since Gallup began its polling of lawmakers in 1999, Democrats have “tended to have a higher approval rating” than the GOP, The Hill noted, citing the results.
Translation: Not only did Democrats harm their brand by rushing through an impeachment despite the fact that the president never committed any crimes, they managed to destroy two decades’ worth of favorability.
And in an election year too, no less.
Also noteworthy: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s favorability rating rose to 33 percent, the highest for the Kentucky Republican since Gallup began measuring his rating in 2010.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s rating is higher — 39 percent — but her negatives rose from 50 to 55 percent.
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One other note especially for our Utah friends: Sen. Mitt Romney’s approval rating did not change, but that’s because he got higher support from Democrats for his lone GOP vote to convict Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.
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