- The Washington Times - Friday, December 14, 2018

Though the news media appears obsessed with the idea of impeaching President Trump, the majority of Americans now oppose that idea according to a new CNN poll.

“With Democrats set to take control of the House in January, speculation abounds about whether the new majority would impeach the President. Americans break against that idea. Half — 50 percent — say they don’t feel that Trump ought to be impeached and removed from office,” wrote CNN polling director Jennifer Agiesta in her analysis.

Republicans have the president’s back: 91 percent agree that impeachment should not be on the table. Another influence has surfaced as well.

“The shift on impeachment comes mostly from political independents. In September, they were evenly split on the question, with 48 percent behind impeachment and 47 percent opposed. Now, 36 percent favor impeachment and 55 percent are opposed,” she said.

A notable 8 percent overall are undecided about the issue, including 9 percent of independents.

Some details from the wide-ranging poll, which was released Thursday:

• 50 percent of Americans say that Mr. Trump should not be “impeached and removed from office”; 91 percent of Republicans, 55 percent of independents and 12 percent of Democrats agree.

• 43 percent overall say Mr. Trump should be impeached; 7 percent of Republicans, 36 percent of independents and 80 percent of Democrats agree.

• 8 percent overall are undecided; 2 percent of Republicans, 9 percent of independents and 8 percent of Democrats agree.

• Source: A CNN/SSRS poll of 1,015 U.S. adults conducted Dec. 6-9.

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