Do Americans Support Trump’s Impeachment?

SUPPORT FOR A HISTORIC second impeachment of President Donald Trump is growing as the House heads to a Wednesday afternoon vote, with a least five Republicans saying they will vote for the measure and well over half of Americans in a national poll saying they support impeachment

GOP Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan and Rep. Jaime Herera Beutler of Washington joined three previously announced Republican votes in favor of impeachment. Rep. Nancy Mace, South Carolina Republican who worked for Trump’s 2016 campaign but has been critical of Trump since last Wednesday’s insurrection attempt at the Capitol, predicted more GOPers would follow by an expected 3 p.m. vote.

“l think you’ll see probably a dozen or so if I had to guess right now, Republicans, that will vote to impeach later today,” Mace told Fox News on Wednesday morning.

CBS News/YouGov poll released Wednesday morning found that 55% of Americans overall support impeaching the president, who has been charged with “incitement of insurrection” in the deadly events of last week, when rioters stormed, occupied and ransacked the Capitol. Overwhelmingly, the group that supports impeachment says that it would send a signal Trump had done something wrong and ensure that he would not be able to run for office again.

The 45% of people who oppose impeachment cite concerns that it would divide the country and further enrage Trump supporters, the survey found.

Nearly 6 in 10 Americans in the CBS poll said Trump encouraged violence at the Capitol.

There are party differences – Democrats are far more likely than Republicans to back impeachment or blame Trump for the events, the poll found. But it was still a startling shift from public sentiment around Trump’s first impeachment in 2019.

During the months-long saga starting with the release of the Mueller report in March 2019 and concluding with impeachment in the House in December of that year, public support for impeachment only barely surpassed 50% – and then, only occasionally. For the most part, the question of impeachment in 2019 was a referendum on Trump himself, and the president’s loyal base stuck with him.

Not a single Republican voted for impeaching Trump the first time.

Now, however, dire questions about the impact of Trump’s incendiary remarks on America’s very democracy have changed the dynamic nationally and on the Hill. Even though Trump will be out of the White House in a week, after the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, there is more of a push to make a statement – and to make sure Trump doesn’t get another chance to be president.

The votes come as more institutions and individuals separate themselves from the embattled, lame-duck president. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday morning the city would be…

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