Republican voters are reportedly eyeing the newest impeachment push by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic members in the House as a non-issue.
According to a report from Reuters, these Republican voters believe the effort will likely backfire for the Democrat Party, resulting in a triumphant re-election campaign for President Trump.
Alarmed by a whistleblower’s revelations that Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives this week launched a formal impeachment inquiry into the Republican president.
Among the public, interviews with more than 60 voters across four of the most important counties in the 2020 election showed Republicans largely confident the impeachment process will backfire and Trump will win re-election. Democrats, on the other hand, are worried they may be right.
Public opinion has time to shift before voters cast their ballots next November. But for now, the prospect of impeachment has done little to sway opinions, largely formed along party lines, according to the interviews and polling.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll taken on Monday and Tuesday showed 37% of respondents favored impeaching the president versus 45% who were opposed. That 37% figure was down from 41% three weeks earlier and down from 44% in May, after the release of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Several residents quoted in the report supported its findings like Florida resident Richard Sibilla, who most recently voted for Hillary Clinton, said the impeachment process is “going to help him [Trump].”
“After this, he has a much better chance of winning another election, as scary as that sounds. It’s not even worth following because it’s all going to help him,” he told the outlet.
Marc Devlin, a Pennsylvania consultant added, “This is my fear, that it will actually add some flame to his fire with his base. I just fear ‘party over country.’”
“I don’t think he did anything wrong,” said Joe D’Ambrosio, 78, who runs a barber shop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and cheers Trump’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration.
Lee Snover, chair of the Northampton County Republican Committee, said she felt the impeachment inquiry was the latest instance of the Democrats using unfair tactics to try to take Trump down. It showed, she said, how disconnected Washington’s politicians are from the country.
“I have not had one Republican crack or say they’re turning or going the other way. They’re laughing it off. I think it’s going to help him,” said Snover, 50.
“They have this idea that everyone is siding with them, that Trump is an impeachable president, when really it’s only a minority,” Rose Mulet, 19, said of the Democratic leadership in Congress. “It’s not a reflection of the general public.”