Exclusive: Democrats Willing to Risk 2020 Chances to Impeach Trump – Reuters/Ipsos Poll

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Most Democrats want to impeach U.S. President Donald Trump, even if that means weakening their party’s chances of winning back the White House in the 2020 election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.

The poll, conducted on Monday and Tuesday, found that 55% of Democrats said that their party leaders should press ahead with impeachment even “if it means a lengthy and expensive process that could weaken their chances of winning the presidency in 2020.”

And even a higher number – 66% of Democrats – agreed that Congress should pursue impeachment, “even if that means they will need to postpone efforts to pass laws that could benefit me.”

Overall, the poll found that support for impeachment remains unchanged overall among all Americans – holding at 45% since last week. But opposition to impeachment dropped by 2 percentage points from last week to 39%.

Among those who identify as Democrats, 79% said Trump should be impeached, up 5 percentage points from a similar poll that ran Sept. 26-30. Only 12% of Republicans and about 1 in 3 independents supported impeachment, which is mostly unchanged from last week.

Support for impeaching Trump had been rising since late September after an unidentified U.S. intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint accusing the president of pressuring Ukraine to ensnare Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden and his son in a corruption investigation.

Biden, the former vice president, is an early favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination, and opinion polls show that he fares better than other Democrats including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in a hypothetical general election matchup against Trump.

The whistleblower complaint, denounced by Trump as a “witch hunt” carried out by his political enemies, has since been backed up by a second unidentified whistleblower who has more direct knowledge than the first of some of the allegations in the complaint, according to the person’s lawyers.

Trump, who says he was acting out of his duty to root out corruption, said last week that China should also investigate Biden.

Overall, the Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that 51% of all Americans agreed that Trump “pressured” Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens, while 27% disagreed.

And 59% agreed that Congress should investigate “if President Trump committed impeachable offenses” as part of his conversation with Zelenskiy.

In general, 39% said they approved of the job Trump was doing and 55% disapproved.

Elaine Kamarck, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said the poll shows how much Democratic voters have lined up behind Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and moderate House Democrats who had been cautious about pursuing an impeachment inquiry earlier this year.

“That phone call (between Trump and Zelensky) changed everything,” Kamarck said.

“The moderates, Speaker Pelosi, they changed their minds in a very public way in favor of impeachment. They’ve been making their case to the public, and some of them have followed.”

Democratic voter Moneque Jarmon, 51, from Philadelphia said she doubted Trump would be removed from office through the impeachment process. But it was important to set a precedent that the president is accountable for his actions, she said.

“The fact that he tweets every few minutes, the risky behavior he’s doing – he’s advertising that he can do whatever he wants, like he’s the president and nobody can touch him,” she said. “The longer he stays in there, the more damage he’s going to do.”

Jarmon, who supports Biden as an experienced candidate to take on Trump, said Congress had for a long time failed to pass important legislation like gun control, so she doubted an impeachment process would make the situation worse.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 1,118 adults, including 454 who identify as Democrats and 457 who identify as Republicans. It has as credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 5 percentage points.

(Reporting by Chris Kahn, Additional reporting by Simon Lewis in WASHINGTON, Editing by Soyoung Kim and Grant McCool)

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Sherri
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All this means is the Dems are fooling some Dems. I wonder if Trump should report this as in kind to his campaign?

General Confusion
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Rex Tillerson is talking about MORE interefence from King Donald The Loser. He said KDTL “often” asked to break the law. KDTL wanted Tillerson to help one of Giuliani’s client break sanctions against Iran. Think about the implications of that.

General Confusion
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“Why don’t we do this country a big favor and get rid of all the Democrats! … Lots of problems will be solved and lots of money will be saved! Clean the swamp!” Peggy Dougherty Listen to yourself. Republicans haven’t belived in our democracy since the the 1970s. It is the GOP that has been working towards a one-party state for decades. Solving problems will not be possible with a one-party state. Swamp my ass. You would be up to your neck in alligators. History proves that, but today you have a wannabe king on our throne and that was… Read more »

Jeffrey Moore
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The Democrats are treading on thin ice. If they impeach Trump, what will prevent Hillary’s involvement in election meddling from pouring out?

Jeffrey Moore
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Yes, Charles, “People should remember what the Democrats are really all about.” According to the party’s name, they’re about democracy, not about our republic. Democracies always fail into socialism once the poor realize they can vote to take the wealth of the rich. (It’s happening in America now. That’s why the Democrats are always promising free stuff.) Socialism always brings poverty, usually extreme poverty, and ends in revolution. Socialism is usually kept in power only by tyranny. Beware the guy (or gal) who promises free stuff. Tanstaafl! (There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch!)

Charles
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Democrats are the ones that have been indoctrinated by decades of Liberal TV and other media. They have succumbed to the indoctrination like all Socialists and Communists. Stalin, Mao, Ho Chi Mihn, the Pathet Lao, the Khmer Rouge, Kim Jong Un, Saddam Hussien, I B Dajimmyjab, Imams, Ayatollah Assahola, even Hitler all used the same tactic. Play the message over and over, all day long and a certain percentage will accept and believe it. Liberals bought up all the studios and TV networks (even Fox) in the 60s and 70s and have been cranking out the message ever since, subtly… Read more »

Charles
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People should remember what the Democrats are really all about – gaining power at all costs, obstructing the government to obtain their ends. Democrats have been calling for impeachment since before Trump took office. It was their strategy from the beginning to overturn the 2016 election. Voters should wake up and see this. No Democrat should be elected in 2020, in any race. They want to destroy America. They want to violate citizens rights, destroy businesses, destroy the economy, eliminate the Constitution and create another failed socialist state. Listen to their proposals, see how they obstruct the workings of the… Read more »

Patty Dougherty
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Why don’t we do this country a big favor and get rid of all the Democrats! They are useless especially here in California! Lots of problems will be solved and lots of money will be saved! Clean the swamp!

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