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Group Raises $6,300 to Pay for Impeachment Poll
After pollsters say they won't raise impeachment, group to pay for poll
The group of activists who pushed for an inquiry into the Downing Street documents has raised $6,300 to pay pollsters to raise a question on impeaching President Bush, RAW STORY has learned.
Pollster John Zogby, who found that 42 percent of Americans would support impeaching the President were it proven he did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to go to war in Iraq, recently told RAW STORY he did not plan future polls.
Zogby said he felt pollsters should be a barometer of public opinion, and shouldn't poll on issues that aren't currently on the political agenda. He did, however, say he would consider doing the poll if he were paid.
David Swanson, who is leading the charge, says an impeachment poll shouldn't been dependent on action in Congress.
"We don't believe that the media's agenda should be completely controlled by Congress," Swanson said. "In this case, the media (specifically the polling arm of the media) is ignoring impeachment and claiming to be doing so because there is no action in Congress, even from progressives. That's true. There isn't."
"But if Congress is failing to represent the public's concerns, and our public discourse is determined by that failure, then majority opinions can be marginalized," he added.
Zogby told RAW STORY last month he opted not to poll on impeachment again after the Downing Street documents lost traction. The documents showed that the Bush and Blair Administrations were aggressively pursuing their case for war despite knowing there was scant evidence of Iraq weapons programs. In one document, the chief of British intelligence is quoted as saying that officials were trying to “fix