Democrats Back 'Impeach Trump' Candidates, Poll Shows

A push to impeach President Donald Trump has gained little support, even among Democrats, and the party's own leaders have discouraged such efforts. But a new poll suggests liberal voters may feel differently.

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Asked if they would definitely vote for or against a 2018 midterm elections congressional candidate who wants to move to impeach Trump, a whopping 70 percent of Democratic registered voters in an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Wednesday said they definitely would vote for the candidate. Only 18 percent of Democratic voters said they would definitely vote against the candidate.

By comparison, 10 percent of Republican voters would definitely support a candidate seeking to impeach Trump, and 84 percent would definitely not. The opposing results among liberal and conservative voters balanced out the overall breakdown in the poll conducted from April 10 to 13. While 47 percent of all voters said they would definitely vote for such a candidate, a close 42 percent indicated they would definitely vote against, and the poll had a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.

The overwhelming percentage of liberal voters who would definitely vote for a candidate interested in impeaching Trump runs counter to the stance that the vast majority of elected Democrats have taken.

Two forced votes by Democratic Representative Al Green of Texas to begin proceedings to impeach Trump failed by large margins—the most recent, in January, by a vote of 355 to 66. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer issued a joint statement in December, when Green forced the first vote, opposing the effort that cited special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into collusion between Trump's campaign and Russians in the 2016 election.

"The special counsel's investigation is moving forward as well, and those inquiries should be allowed to continue," the statement reads. "Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment."

Pelosi and House release joint statement on Al Green’s impeachment resolution: “now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment.”

— Lauren Gambino (@laurenegambino) December 6, 2017

Democratic leaders' hesitance on impeachment prompted the Need to Impeach campaign earlier this month, which sent thousands of Democratic, independent and third-party candidates running in the midterm elections a guide on Trump's impeachable offenses. It has obtained more than 5.1 million signatures in support of its mission.

"The Democratic establishment would rather focus on other issues but we think it is one of the most important issues out there," the campaign's lead strategist, Kevin Mack, told Newsweek at the time. "So we're just in a different place than they are."