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Support for Impeaching and Removing Bush Higher than for Clinton
Rasmussen Reports, whose polls consistently place George Bush's approval rating higher than other polls, published the first poll on impeaching Bush and removing him from office. Rasmussen found that 32% of Americans want President Bush impeached and removed, while 35% want Vice President Dick Cheney impeached and removed.
By comparison, prior to the impeachment of President Clinton in August and September 1998, there were 10 major polls conducted. Support for impeaching Clinton and removing him from office averaged only 26%.
House Republicans nevertheless impeached President Clinton in 1998, but Senate Republicans could not get enough votes to remove him from office.
When polls asked Americans in 1998 if they supported Congressional hearings to consider impeaching President Clinton (but not necessarily for removing him from office), 36% said yes, 10% more than those who wanted to remove him from office.
Recent polls show that support for impeachment hearings for President Bush are much higher than they were for President Clinton. In a poll published on November 4, Zogby International found that, by a margin of 53% to 42%, Americans said that "If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment."
This poll led to the creation of ImpeachPAC.org in November, which has already raised nearly $40,000 for pro-impeachment Congressional candidates.
Numerous polls have found that a strong majority of Americans - as many as 57% in an NBC/WSJ poll - believe that Bush "deliberately misled" Americans about the war in Iraq:
Today's Rasmussen poll, along with earlier polls by Zogby International and Ipsos Public Affairs, were commissioned by After Downing Street, a grassroots coalition that raised money in small amounts after major media polls refused to ask Americans about impeachment.
The Rasmussen poll probably understates public support for impeachment and removal of Bush and Cheney. In the same poll, Rasmussen found Bush's job approval rating significantly higher (47%) than any other polling company, and placed his approval among African Americans (35%) three times higher than a recent Pew poll (12%).
In addition, 12% of respondents said they were "not sure" if they wanted Bush or Cheney impeached and removed, which could reflect the lack of coverage of this topic in the media. Perhaps this poll will change that - with a third of the country wanting Bush and Cheney impeached and removed from office, we have as much grounds for coverage by the media as there is for coverage of immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
NATIONAL SURVEY of 1,000 LIKELY VOTERS
December 9 - 10, 2005
1* How would you rate the job George W. Bush has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?
23% strongly approve
24% somewhat approve
14% somewhat disapprove
38% strongly disapprove
1% not sure
2* Should President Bush be impeached and removed from office?
12% not sure
3* Should Vice President Cheney be impeached and removed from office?
12% not sure
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.