A new CNN/SRS survey released last week found that 42 percent of Americans today think Trump should be impeached, as compared with the 43 percent who wanted Nixon impeached in March 1974, at the height of the Watergate scandal.
When the polling data is broken is down by party, seventy-seven percent of Democrats say Trump should be impeached, while just 9 percent of Republicans agree.
As pointed out by CNN, this number is significantly higher than the approximately 29 percent of Americans who supported Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998, as well as the roughly 29 percent to 30 percent of Americans who favored impeachment of Barack Obama and George W. Bush during their presidencies.
The main reason this large number of impeachment supporters is notable is that support for Nixon’s impeachment did not really gain any traction until some of the biggest bombshells about Watergate had come to light.
Prominent Democratic lawmakers have skirted the issue of impeachment, given special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation and the polarizing nature of the issue. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has taken heat from some in her party for saying that she sees suggestions of impeachment as too “divisive” of a topic. Conversely, some vocal Democratic activists like billionaire Tom Steyer have taken it upon themselves to push for impeachment being on the agenda.
The poll also revealed that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that Donald Trump must to testify under oath if Mueller calls for it. About 70 percent of respondents think he should testify if requested, which is about the same percentage who disapproves of Trump issuing a presidential pardon for himself.