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Impeachment Remains Largely A Democrats-Only Issue

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Impeachment isn’t shaping up as the most critical issue in next year’s elections, and voters still tend to think President Trump’s removal from office would hurt the economy. Democrats, of course, disagree.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 51% of all Likely U.S. Voters say impeachment is important to their vote in the 2020 elections, with 36% who say it’s Very Important. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

By comparison, 85% say health care is important to their vote next year, including 45% who say it’s Very Important.

Forty-one percent (41%) say they are more likely to vote for a member of Congress who votes to impeach Trump, while nearly as many (38%) are less likely to vote for that incumbent. Only 18% say an impeachment vote will have no impact on how they vote.

A plurality (47%) of voters still believes the impeachment and removal of Trump from office would be bad for the economy. But 29% think it would be good for the economy instead. That compares to 50% and 23% respectively in April when Rasmussen Reports first asked this question. Nineteen percent (19%) say the president’s removal would have no economic impact.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted December 8-9, 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. See methodology.

The House impeachment hearings haven’t moved voters so far, with a plurality still expecting Trump to be reelected next November.

Democrats (48%) are much more likely than Republicans (24%) and voters not affiliated with either major party (34%) to consider impeachment Very Important to their vote. However, 61% of Democrats say health care is Very Important to their vote.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Democrats are more likely to vote for a member of Congress who votes to impeach Trump. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans are less likely to vote for that incumbent. Unaffiliateds are closely divided.

But Democrats are less emphatic when it comes to the economy. Forty-three percent (43%) of Democrats think the impeachment and removal of Trump from office will be good for the economy, a view shared by just 12% of Republicans and 29% of unaffiliated voters. But 24% of Democrats see it as a bad economic move.

Enthusiasm about the economy started to grow immediately following Trump's election as president in November 2016 and has since risen to record highs. Rasmussen Reports will update those findings on Friday.

Anti-Trumpers are more likely than Trump supporters to say an impeachment vote will drive them to the polls next year. But voters in general still rank illegal immigration ahead of Trump’s impeachment as an action item for Congress and are evenly divided over whether his impeachment would help or hurt the country.

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