President Donald Trump woke up to some very good news Tuesday.
Even the liberal media is admitting the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry isn’t convincing. In the all-important court of public opinion, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and his political allies aren’t winning the support of the American voter.
According to the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR News poll on impeachment released early Tuesday, American public opinion hasn’t changed at all on Trump after the first week of the impeachment inquiry.
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A huge majority of polled voters, 65 percent, said that there’s nothing in the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry that could change their minds on Trump.
Only 30 percent of voters said that testimony in the impeachment inquiry could sway their opinion.
Split among party lines, Republican voters generally support Trump. Some conceded that his Ukraininan phone call was a bad look politically, but only seven percent said it was an impeachable offense.
A stunning 93 percent of Republican voters told PBS/NPR pollsters that they do not want Trump removed from office.
On the other hand, Democratic voters overwhelmingly want Trump to be ousted; 82 percent of Democratic respondents want Trump impeached and removed from the Oval Office.
But only 39 percent of Independent voters — the key swing voters in the 2020 election — agree with Democrats.
That’s virtually unchanged from October before the impeachment inquiry went public.
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All of this is a bad sign for Schiff, who needs to convince these critical Independent voters to back Democrats in the upcoming election.
So far, voters are not convinced by Schiff’s witnesses — and the overwhelming majority say they’ll never be convinced.
That’s very good news for Trump and his supporters.
Among the results:
- 45% said they support impeachment and ouster, including 82% of Democrats, 39% of independents, and 7% of Republicans;
- 44% said they disapprove of impeachment and Trump’s dismissal;
- 70% said it is unacceptable for a president to ask for help digging up dirt, including 95% of Democrats; 71% of independents; and 37% Republicans;
- 22% said it is fine to ask for help;
- 8% said they did not know what to think about it.
Meanwhile, most Americans said they’re following the inquiry, with 64% saying they’re keeping up with the news about it, and Democrats being more likely to say they’re staying updated.
In other numbers:
- 50% of Americans say they support the inquiry, virtually changed from 52% in October, before the hearings went public;
- 47% said they are more likely to support impeachment, based on the evidence;
- 41% are less likely, based on the evidence.
- 65% said they can’t imagine any revelation that could surface that will change their minds.
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