Americans trending towards ousting Trump: Poll
Washington: Polls, including one from President Donald Trump’s favourite Fox News, are showing American voters trending towards not only impeaching the White House incumbent, but also removing him from office.
Some half dozen surveys in recent days are indicating that a majority of Americans are in favour of the ongoing impeachment inquiry. But the most startling numbers came out on Wednesday from a poll commissioned by the conservative Trump-supporting Fox News, which showed that 51% of respondents want to see Trump impeached and removed from office, with a further 4% believing the president should be impeached but not removed from office.
Impeaching the US President comes within the ambit of the 435-member US House of Representatives, which is currently controlled by Democrats (235-198). But removing him from office requires a 2/3rds approval of the 100member Senate, which currently has a Republican majority (53-47). So while the Democrat-majority House looks certain to go down the impeachment route, as of now removing Trump from office looks unlikely unless things change dramatically.
But the poll, and the suggestion that the ground is slipping from beneath him, so agitated Trump that he fired off angry tweets against his favorite network. “From the day I announced I was running for President, I have NEVER had a good @FoxNews Poll. Whoever their Pollster is, they suck,” he fumed.
Trump also complained about a few Fox News anchors and contributors who were not on his side, saying “@FoxNews is also much different than it used to be in the good old [email protected] doesn’t deliver for US anymore. It is so different than it used to be.”
The Fox poll also showed 66% respondents saying Trump shouldn’t have asked Ukraine for help in digging up dirt on his putative presidential rival Joe Biden and 51% saying Trump is more corrupt than previous presidents.
An earlier Fox News poll in June showed only 39% respondents supporting impeachment. But since then, support for impeachment increased among voters of all stripes: up 11 points among Democrats, 5 points among Republicans and 3 among independents.
According to Fox News, support for impeachment also went up among some of Trump’s key constituencies, including white evangelical Christians (+5 points), white men without a college degree (+8), and rural whites (+10). Among voters in swing counties (where Hillary Clinton and Trump were within 10 points in 2016), support for impeachment increased to 52%, up from 42% in July.
The billionaire New York businessman-turned-President also maintains that Biden and his son Hunter are corrupt. Biden, who was elected to the Senate from Delaware when he was 29 and served six terms before he became 47th vice-president, has a blue-collar background and was considered of such modest means that he was a daily Amtrak train commuter from Wilmington to Washington DC when he was a lawmaker.
However, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani bore down on the Bidens on Wednesday claiming over Fox News on Wednesday that the former vice-president, his son and his brother “had a 30-yearlong scam to make money, millions, selling his public office” and that Ukraine was “just the tip of the iceberg.” But in a setback to the Trump side, two of Giuliani’s associates who helped him investigate the Bidens were arrested on charges that they schemed to funnel foreign money to US politicians.
Amid the charges and counter charges, Trump is starting to lose domestic allies on the foreign policy front, with GOP lawmakers fuming over his ditching the Kurds.
If Trump starts to lose Republican supports at the grass roots and in Congress, then the entire dynamics of the impeachment process will change.