Most Americans are now in agreement that the actions House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues took regarding the impeachment of President Trump was an “abuse of power.”
A new Rasmussen report quoted both President Trump and Pelosi and asked likely voters which statement they agreed with more. The survey found 51 percent of those polled agreed with Trump’s statement in a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives before the vote: “This impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat lawmakers unequaled in nearly two-and-a-half centuries of American legislative history.”
The statement preceded the most partisan impeachment vote in U.S. history as no Republican members voted in favor of it.
Similarly, 48% agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she said, “Our democracy is what is at stake. … The president has engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections.”
But nearly as many (46%) disagree with Pelosi, compared to the 40% who disagree with Trump’s statement.
It is important to note that Rasmussen Reports did not identify the source of the statement in either question.
“The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted December 18-19, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.,” Rasmussen adds.
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A separate Rasmussen report conducted earlier this week offered more evidence that the Democratic-led impeachment effort may have backfired: Trump’s job approval rating is continuing to climb.
Below are the results of that survey:
In separate surveying earlier this week, 48% of voters favored the impeachment of Trump by the U.S. House of Representatives. Nearly as many (46%) were opposed.
Men and those under 40 are more likely to agree with both statements than women and older voters are.
Whites (44%) are noticeably less likely to agree with Pelosi than blacks (65%) and other minority voters (54%).
Seventy-three percent (73%) of Republicans agree with the president, while 74% of Democrats share Pelosi’s view. But 37% of Democrats agree with Trump versus 22% of GOP voters who agree with Pelosi. Voters not affiliated with either major party rate both statements about the same.
Eighty-two percent (82%) of voters who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing agree with his statement. Among voters who Strongly Disapprove of the president’s job performance, 91% agree with Pelosi.