2020-01-21 17:58:441 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Donald Trump (Image source: Public domain)
No longer can Donald Trump and his cronies continue to say that his presidency is the will of the people and that by removing him from office it's taking that away. Ignoring the electoral college vs. popular vote for a moment, now more than half of the Americans in a new CNN poll would like the Senate to remove him from office. That is the will of the people.
Ratings happen to matter very much to Trump, a former reality TV host. He brags about them often and inflates the numbers at will. But no one can take away the popular vote. While in the long run it's the electoral college who puts the president in office, and Trump won in that arena, by popular vote former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won by more than three million votes.
And now the people are speaking again. Trump is in danger of losing the office before he even reaches the possibility of being reelected. The CNN poll shows that the majority of Americans, a slight majority at that at 51 percent, support his removal, with 45 percent believing the Senate should keep him in office.
69 percent of the people who were polled answered that they would prefer that the Senate hear testimony from witnesses who did not testify last fall in the House impeachment inquiry. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is indicating there may not be any witnesses called. But the will of the people says witnesses should be called. While among Republicans those numbers are much closer, still, 48 percent want to see new witnesses, while 44 percent do not.
When looking at the individual articles, 58 percent believe Trump abused his power for political gain, and slightly less at 57 percent believe he obstructed the House during the hearings that were held last fall.
Once the poll is viewed through partisan lines, the numbers are very telling. 89 percent of Democrats believe the Senate should remove Trump from office, while only 8 percent of Republicans do. For independents, who are probably the group who put Trump in office in the first place, the numbers are very close, with 48 percent wanting him removed and 46 percent believing he should stay.
When looking at the battleground states, it's still too close to call. Those states that were decided by eight points or fewer in 2016 — Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin — all held around 49 percent for and against removing Trump from office after three years.
But it's the demographics of those numbers that makes it even more interesting and telling. 59 percent of women want Trump out of office compared to only 42 percent of men. A whopping 86 percent of African-Americans want him gone, with 65 percent of Hispanics and 42 percent of whites believing he should be forced out of office.
Nearly 80 percent of women of color want Trump gone with just under 60 percent of non-white men feeling the same. 49 percent of white women are tired of his antics, while only 33 percent of white men can say the same. 44 percent of white men with degrees think his time is up, yet only 27 percent of white men without degrees agree with them.
Overall, respondents aren't too happy with the way Congress is handling the impeachment, but they're less approving of Republicans. 54 percent disapprove of the GOP, with 39 percent approving. Democrats received a slightly less 50 percent disapproval and a 46% approval. The most, 57 percent, disapprove of the way Trump is handling his own impeachment.
Slightly less believe the impeachment will help Trump's chances for reelection than they did in December, with 28 percent believing that now and 32 percent last month. That change is from Republicans changing their minds to now saying it won't make a difference.
But overall, for the man who puts faith in ratings more than anything else it seems, his approval numbers are holding steady. 53 percent disapprove, while 43 percent approve.
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