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Not a good look.

Public support for Trump’s impeachment now outweighs opposition, a new poll finds

Annalisa Merelli
By Annalisa Merelli

Geopolitics reporter

Despite several controversies, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, US president Donald Trump’s approval rating has remained pretty stable at 40% in the past weeks, according to polling released today by Public Policy Polling (pdf, p.3).

What is going up, however, is the number of Americans who support impeaching Trump: It was 35% in late January; it went up to 46% for (and 46% against) in February; then support for impeachment dipped slightly. But it has now reached 48%—outpacing for the first time the percentage of Americans who oppose Trump’s impeachment (41%).

Those who are pushing for Trump’s impeachment see this as an encouraging sign: The electorate seems to want to see the president questioned and brought to account for his actions. But Trump’s critics shouldn’t break out the champagne just yet: Those numbers actually don’t mean much, and not just because any polling should be taken with caution (as the election showed).

On a closer examination, the data reflect little more than the country’s partisan composition: The 48% people who want to see the president impeached doesn’t even reach the 48.2% of voters who cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton.

There is no reason to believe that a large percentage of Trump’s Republican supporters now think the president should be impeached. Unless and until that happens, it’s unlikely Republican lawmakers would join a call for impeachment. And without the majority party’s support, the process would not be able to move forward.

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