Obama's impeachment, how many people really want this?

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              Obama Impeachment: How Many Americans Really Want This?         

                       

April showers bring May flowers, but not for the Obama administration. Republicans across the country are calling for the president's head after his administration was rocked by several high-profile scandals. But how many Americans really want to see their commander-in-chief removed for “high crimes and misdemeanors?” The answer may surprise you.

What History Tells Us About Impeachment

A U.S. President has never been impeached and removed from office (Nixon likely would have been, but he stepped down before official proceedings could begin). Millennials will of course remember the trial of William J. Clinton, but that farce was brought to an end by a Senate acquittal. Nonetheless, the two events serve as bookmarks in public opinion – how supportive were the American people of impeachment? In Nixon’s case, very. One NBC/Associated Press poll conducted in August 1978 found 72% of respondents believed Nixon had committed an impeachable offense during the Watergate affair. During the height of the Lewinsky scandal, though, only one-third of America supported impeachment proceedings against Clinton (though this fraction increased as it became clear he would not be removed from office, thus the impeachment served as a reprimand, not an ejection).

Democrats also mulled impeaching George W. Bush. Again, public support was lacking. Only 36% believed the warrantless-wiretapping scandal of his second term warranted removal from office; in August 2007, 43% favored impeachment strongly or somewhat, but the majority (52%) still opposed any trials. If the public didn’t support impeaching Bush at the height of his unpopularity, can many favor removing Obama from office?

Republicans believe the answer is “yes.” Though they’ve been clamoring for impeachment since the Benghazi affair, reports that the Justice Department may have illegally seized phone records of journalists, and the ongoing investigation into the IRS’s alleged targeting of conservative groups have given the GOP more scandals than they know what to do with.

The Obama Administration's No-Good-Very-Bad Month

To be fair, the Republicans have claimed everything from Obama’s executive orders on gun violence to the Affordable Care Act justify removal from office. Americans are split on whether the current hysteria is legitimate — on Benghazi, 44% say the GOP’s concerns are fair, while 45% view the hearings as “political posturing.” As the Washington Post points out, those numbers are highly correlated to party identification. A further 55%, including Democrats and independents, believe the Obama administration is covering up pertinent facts. The Justice Department scandal has had less effect, with 52% believing the record seizures were justified. IRS-gate cuts across party lines, with majorities among Democrats, Republicans, and independents strongly disapproving of the activities in Cincinnati. 

Interestingly, these numbers have not had an adverse effect on Obama’s public support. The same Washington Post/ABC News poll finds the president’s rating holding steady at 51% positive.

That’s important. It means that despite weeks of conservative hand-wringing and threats, the American public’s opinions on these scandals aren’t translating into disapproval of the president. Which means Republicans may have a hard time gathering the support they need to oust Obama.

Public Opinion to Republicans: "Not So Fast."

Current polling on whether Americans support impeachment is unreliable, at best. As Huffington Post pollster Emily Swanson points out, polling on this topic is difficult, since results are highly susceptible to variation depending on contact method and word choice. For example, a survey experiment conducted among a representative sample found that support for impeachment varied by nine points, depending on how the question was phrased. Further, opposition ranged from half to two-thirds of respondents, including almost 40% of Republicans. These numbers are fascinating: Even though a plurality of Republicans believes Obama was not born in the U.S. and virtually all of them rate him unfavorably, only 51% to 66% of the rank-and-file conservatives support impeachment proceedings.

These results indicate two important realities. First, Americans recognize that impeachment is an incredibly drastic action to take against a sitting president. Second, the GOP may be betting on the wrong horse.

When Speaker Gingrich and the House Republicans went after Bill Clinton, they didn’t just fail at impeachment. They lost five seats to the Democrats in the 1998 midterms, Gingrich resigned in embarrassment, and they damaged their brand, with almost 60% of the country disapproving of their party. They seem poised to repeat these mistakes, with members of Congress chomping at the bit to begin proceedings. 

Given the fervent desire of the House delegation to remove Obama, perhaps the question isn’t “If?” but “When?” But Democrats need not panic quite yet, as the GOP does not control the Senate (and in my opinion, they don’t have the numbers to pull out a win in 2014). That renders any impeachment proceedings effectively neutered. But Philadelphia Post’s Joel Mathis makes a cogent point about the end results of such a maneuver: “if Republicans decide to impeach a Democratic president again … well, Democrats are probably going to take it personally. They’ll make an entirely rational political decision that there’s no reason not to obstruct, harass, and yes, impeach every Republican every chance they get … Why show restraint if Republicans won’t?” Indeed, one wonders if we would ever see the end of congressional gridlock if every incoming president has to defend against impeachment trials.

Whether the GOP decides to go down that road has yet to be seen (particularly with several high-profile members refusing to support such actions). But polling and history reveal a clear picture: Republicans beware. 

As you can see from the information above, impeachment of Obama is strictly a numbers game for Congress.  They are waiting for US citizens opinions to raise higher in these impeachment polls and voting base to take the Senate in 2014.  Without the high public opinion for impeachment they will not act, however, we also need to work on getting the conservative voting base, Christian voting base and Black voting base out to the polls in 2014 in favor of our candidates, so conservatives can maintain the House and take control of the Senate, before we will see an impeachment of Barack Obama and his administration.  From August 2013, we will have 15 months to raise public opinion and build the voting base needed to win the 2014 election. The only option we have for impeachment sooner, is if more Whistleblowers come forward with incriminating evidence.  This is not looking good with the way Obama administration is going after the Whistleblowers.  There maybe one chance, if Congress does promise Lois Lerner from the IRS, they will take no criminal action against her for her testimony.  This, of course, is not what most of us want to see happen, she deserves to be prosecuted, but if her testimony has enough evidence to impeach Obama, she gets my "yes" vote.  I believe, if she does testify against Obama, others will follow, if they receive the same deal from Congress.  I feel sure her testimony will not only take out Obama, but will also take out some Democrat Senators, which would be a true plus for America.

We also need to vote out some Republican Senators while we working on this.  We know who they are and that they work against us on almost every issue put before the Senate.  I am at a loss to understand how they can work against their own base, only reason I can see that would benefit them to turn traitor to their party, is money.  There must be personal monetary gain, as well as, monetary gain for their state to cause them to become such low life's, therefore they must go in 2014 also.

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  • I belive that he should be impeached or forced to resigned! We can not afford to let him do any more harm to our country~

  • I don't want him impeached because that would mean he is a legal president and all his policies would stand.  If they can find him a fraud, Judge Roy Moore in Alabama will be hearing the evidence soon, then all he has done can be nullified.  He is not good enough to be impeached.

  • yes, Impeach, WHY the Question. I thought this was a question of High Crimes ? He has committed MANY  crimes against the government. If you ask the public I and am sure the Impeachment is near 90% of all voters feel he is in need to be Impeached to leave his mark in history.

  • I wouldn't trust that Manchurian Candidate Barry Soetoro/Back Obama as far as I could throw a bull elephant! IMPEACH THE LYING KENYAN BAST--D!!!!!!!

  • MOLON LABE!

  • Talk talk talk so fucking tired of all the talk. Lets ALL go to DC and demand Obama leave office along with holder Reid Boehner and a few others. Lets go Pick a date ill be there.....
  • Until the people of the US pull an Egypt on this corrupt political system nothing will change!!  All the criminals need to be removed.  The government officials with ties to communism and terrorists such as the Muslim Brotherhood  should be removed and jailed!!!  These corrupt politicians will continue to pillage and fleece the American people until the people stand up and say no more!!!!  Instead the American people say you can steal millions from us as long as you give me an Obama phone, or even if you add ten more dollars to my food stamps!!!  Thus, these same politicians contine to make laws favoring big businesses and special interest groups at the demise of the American people as a whole!

  • Obama is a fraud; therefore, you cannot impeach him.   He can, however, be ARRESTED first for fraud, and then crimes against the American people - including responsbility for the deaths of Americans in Benghazi.  If convicted, everything he has signed will be null and void.

    As for the chaos that will undoubtedly ensue, so be it.  Better to lose some Americans now than lose the entire country to socialism/communism and sharia law.  I will gladly stand up for this country. The time for living in fear has to end.  Stand up to tyranny.  ARREST this arrogant fraud and let his administration fall down.  Time to clean house in DC.

  • Face the truth that not only the Democrats but also the Republicans were all in on placing this fraud in the position of president!!  These Republicans will not take legal action against him as they know there own pasts will be exposed.  The American people deserve what they get for voting in politicians they are mired in corruption, lack morals, and lack ethics!!  The Amash Legislation was a clear indicator of that.  A majority of politicians who voted against the Amash legislation were politicians receiving money from the defense contractors in the amounts of 40k +....  Those voting for the 4th amendment were in a majority receiving less than 40k from these criminals.  If we are going to allow these politicians to be bought and paid for then all pensions, benefits, and even states salaries should be stopped!!  They don't need to be paid by the tax payers when they receive more from lobbyists per year than there actual contractual pay for the job!

    Money needs to be taken out of politics and laws installed making it a crime for accepting any funds or special favors from lobbyists!  All politicians to be on automatic recall when they refuse to represent the people in favor of representing the special interest groups filling their pockets!

     

  • Also my friends I think that this would lead to an open break in the country. I think that GOP leadership (Not that idiot Boner or Cantor.) know something they're not telling us. People if you look at your history this country is very close to civil war right now. We really can't have that happen. That would invite all our enemies to feast on us. Thanks to BHO we got a lot of enemies and very few allies. That was his plan anyway to isolate us. But for other reasons. His take over. Which I think that dummy now realizes isn't going to happen. He just wants to leave now with his skin intact ! So I know a lot of you are screaming for his hide. But let that albatross go his merry way. Give it a few years before we get even with that fake. We may save hundreds of thousands of lives in the long run.

     

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