A new poll out from Fox News shows that a majority of Americans want Trump to be impeached — but the president himself is highly critical of the numbers, as one might expect.
The poll, released earlier this week, found that 51 percent of Americans support the idea of impeaching and removing Trump from office. Another 4 percent say Trump deserves to be impeached, but not removed, while 40 percent say he should not be impeached at all.
Those numbers were noticeably different from where they stood in July, when 42 percent wanted Trump impeached and removed, and 45 percent said they didn’t want that to happen.
The new polling numbers prompted Trump to respond via tweet to its findings. “From the day I announced I was running for President, I have NEVER had a good @FoxNews Poll,” Trump wrote. “Whoever their Pollster is, they suck.”
From the day I announced I was running for President, I have NEVER had a good @FoxNews Poll. Whoever their Pollster is, they suck. But @FoxNews is also much different than it used to be in the good old days. With people like Andrew Napolitano, who wanted to be a Supreme….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2019
Despite the president’s criticism of the poll, it’s actually close to what other organizations have found within their data as well. A Washington Post/Schar School poll, for instance, found that 49 percent of Americans wanted Trump impeached at this moment, while 44 percent said they did not want to see that happen.
Yet that poll asked questions in a different way than the Fox News one did. The Post/Schar poll also found that 58 percent of Americans backed the impeachment inquiry headed by House Democrats, implying that opinions on impeachment could change if the inquiry yielded evidence of wrongdoing by the president.
Interestingly, there was a huge uptick from one demographic in favor of impeachment in that poll, too: Republicans. Among those who identify as part of the GOP, 30 percent said they supported impeachment.
Trump getting upset at the Fox News poll is likely due to his own interpretations about where the public stands on the issue. According to Trump himself, a much smaller margin of support is out there than what other media are reporting.
Before the Fox News poll was released, Trump had tweeted out his own polling numbers, although where they came from is anyone’s guess. The president suggested that only 25 percent of Americans backed impeachment, he tweeted out on Tuesday.
Only 25 percent want the President Impeached, which is pretty low considering the volume of Fake News coverage, but pretty high considering the fact that I did NOTHING wrong. It is all just a continuation of the greatest Scam and Witch Hunt in the history of our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2019
“Only 25 percent want the President Impeached, which is pretty low considering the volume of Fake News coverage, but pretty high considering the fact that I did NOTHING wrong,” Trump wrote. “It is all just a continuation of the greatest Scam and Witch Hunt in the history of our Country!”
An impeachment inquiry was officially announced by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in September, after reports from the media announced a whistleblower had qualms with a phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Trump allegedly placed pressure on Zelensky to open an investigation on potential 2020 presidential election opponent Joe Biden. The request from Trump coincided with the administration withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid from Ukraine, giving it the appearance of a supposed quid pro quo opportunity or, as some others have put it, as an extortion attempt.
Pelosi, in announcing the start of the inquiry, lashed out at the president’s behavior, ABC News reported.
“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” she said.
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