Nearly the same percentage of Americans who supported impeaching former President Richard Nixon support the impeachment of President Donald Trump, according to a recent SSRS poll conducted on behalf of CNN.
In it, 42% of Americans say President Donald Trump should be impeached and removed from office.
What makes it remarkable is that he's on par with President Richard Nixon, who 43% of Americans said should be impeached and removed from office in a March 1974 Harris poll. That was after the scale of Watergate came to light, but months before the House started to move against Nixon, who would go on to resign in August 1974 rather than be impeached.
Regardless, most Democratic elected officials are not keen on beginning impeachment proceedings should the party emerge with a majority after the midterm elections.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said last month that impeachment is not a “policy agenda”, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer appears to agree, saying he will wait for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to end before entertaining the idea of impeachment.
"Impeachment is, to me, divisive," Pelosi added back in May, although she suggested her view might change depending on what special counsel Robert Mueller finds. "Again, if the facts are there, if the facts are there, then this would have to be bipartisan to go forward. But if it is viewed as partisan, it will divide the country, and I just don't think that's what we should do."
It would be divisive: 87% of Republicans and people who lean toward Republicans oppose the idea, while 71% of Democrats support it.