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POLL: ARG Bush/Cheney Impeachment


A new American Research Group national survey of 1,100 registered voters (conducted 11/9 through 11/12) finds:

On a four-way forced choice question:

  • 34% think "President Bush has abused his powers as president which rise to the level of impeachable offenses under the Constitution and he should be impeached and removed from office."
  • 21% think "President Bush has abused his powers as president which rise to the level of impeachable offenses under the Constitution, but he should not be impeached."
  • 9% think "President Bush has abused his powers as president, but the abuses are not serious enough to warrant impeachment under the Constitution."
  • 36% think "President Bush has not abused his powers as president."

On another four-way forced choice question:

  • 43% think "Vice President Cheney has abused his powers as vice president which rise to the level of impeachable offenses under the Constitution and he should be impeached and removed from office."
  • 9% think "Vice President Cheney has abused his powers as vice president which rise to the level of impeachable offenses under the Constitution, but he should not be impeached."
  • 18% think "Vice President Cheney has abused his powers as vice president, but the abuses are not serious enough to warrant impeachment under the Constitution."
  • 30% think "Vice President Cheney has not abused his powers as vice president."

 

Comments
hardheaded liberal:

If ARG's poll results are accurate, 55% of the public think that Bush has committed impeachable offenses, plus 9% who think he has abused his powers.

If the House Judiciary Committee held hearings on a carefully selected set of proposed Articles of Impeachment, I'd wager that the numbers supporting removal from office would increase to between 55% and 60%.

Very interesting.

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I think he could be impeached now, but at a political cost. On the other hand, I think an investigation, a serious investigation, would turn up enough evidence to make impeachment inevitable.

But for that to happen, congress will need to file contempt charges against a number of people and throw them in jail. This has already happened.

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Andrew:

Those surveyed should be asked, "Do you know what impeachment is"? They should be asked to define the term, and I have a feeling that many believe that impeachment means removal from the presidency, which is not true.

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Fred P:

The Republican lines are the ones that surprise me the most - 30% of Republicans thinking that President Bush has committed impeachable offenses, and 27% of Republicans thinking that Vice-President Cheney has committed impeachable offenses is higher than I expected.

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