Independent swing voters who could decide the 2020 presidential election are losing patience with Democrats’ push to impeach President Trump, according to a new poll released Thursday.
The Quinnipiac University National Poll found that 70% of independents oppose impeachment. That’s up from 60% of independents opposing impeachment in the same survey on March 5, before the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Overall, 66% of voters said Congress should not begin impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump. Democrats support impeachment by a margin of 56% to 38%, while 95% of Republicans oppose it.
Other polls in recent weeks have found more voters turning away from impeachment, even as House Democrats intensify their investigations of the president. An ABC News/Washington Post survey from April 22-25 showed 36% of independents supporting impeachment proceedings, compared with 49% last August.
A CNN/SRRS poll in late April found 66% of independents opposed to impeachment, while 69% of Democrats supported it.
Republican strategist Karl Rove said the findings present problems for Democratic presidential candidates, who will be caught between primary voters clamoring for impeachment and general-election swing voters who are turned off by it.
“What should worry Democrats is that independents increasingly agree with Republicans on the question — and these are the swing voters likely to decide the White House in 2020,” he wrote in the Wall Street Journal.