Support For Impeachment Inquiry Soars After Democrats Launch Investigation
Public support for the impeachment of President Donald Trump remained lukewarm until last week, but now that House Democrats have announced a formal inquiry, more Americans are backing the move.
According to CNBC, several polls show that support for impeachment rose after allegations that Trump abused the power of his office came to light last week, by way of a whistleblower complaint.
The complaint, filed last month but made public just last week, alleges that Trump pressured Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democrat presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, along with his son Hunter Biden.
Further, the complaint says that White House officials attempted to cover up the president’s actions.
A CBS/YouGov poll found that after these allegations were made public, 55 percent of Americans said they approve of Democrats’ decision to initiate an impeachment inquiry.
Geoff Bennett on Twitter
“New context for this poll: Sources tell @kwelkernbc and me that Trump told allies days ago that he would start worrying about losing Republican support if national polls went above 50 percent of Americans supporting impeachment. This online CBS poll shows 55 percent support: https://t.co/W8zpcvhD59”
A Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted last week found that 43 percent of American voters support the move.
And a Hill-HarrisX poll done at the end of last week found that 47 percent of registered voters are on board with the impeachment inquiry.
Trump, however, is busy framing the move as akin to the Russia investigation, which he long called a hoax and witch hunt. On Monday, the president tweeted, “The Greatest Witch Hunt in the history of our Country!”