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Many Americans Consider Impeachment for Bush


By Angus Reid Consultants

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Many adults in the United States would be willing to contemplate legal charges if it is found that George W. Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, according to a poll by Ipsos-Public Affairs for AfterDowningStreet.org. 50 per cent of respondents believe Congress should consider holding the president accountable by impeaching him, while 44 per cent disagree.

The coalition effort against Saddam Hussein’s regime was launched in March 2003. At least 1,974 American soldiers have died during the military operation, and more than 14,300 troops have been injured.

Pre-war speeches by Bush mentioned specific chemical agents, such as mustard gas, sarin and VX nerve gas as banned substances allegedly secured by Iraq. State secretary Colin Powell assured the United Nations (UN) Security Council in February 2003 that Hussein possessed biological weapons.

The final report of the Iraq Survey Group—presented to the U.S. Congress on Sept. 30, 2004—concluded that Hussein’s regime did not possess chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, and had not implemented a significant program for their development.

In the U.S., the federal process for impeachment begins with a vote in the House of Representatives, followed by a trial in the Senate. Only two American presidents—Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998—have been impeached by the lower house. Both Johnson and Clinton were later acquitted by the upper house. In April 1974, Richard Nixon resigned after impeachment hearings had started.

Polling Data

Please tell me if you agree or disagree with the following statement: "If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable by impeaching him."

Strongly agree
39%

Somewhat agree
11%

Somewhat disagree
14%

Strongly disagree
30%

Don’t know
6%

Source: Ipsos-Public Affairs / AfterDowningStreet.org
Methodology: Telephone interviews to 1,001 American adults, conducted from Oct. 6 to Oct. 9, 2005. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

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