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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 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.

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?

32% yes
56% no
12% not sure

3* Should Vice President Cheney be impeached and removed from office?

35% yes
53% no
12% not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.


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No one polled me, but I know that almost every Constitutional scholar who has commented on the issue says that their are multiple grounds for impeachment of George Bush. Why are our elected representatives in Congress failing to at least investigate these claims? Speaking as one American, I am sick of the head-in-the-sand attitude in Washington, D.C.. If the people who are there cannot stand up for Constitutional law and normal judicial process, then perhaps the voters need to consider someone else who can.


Digby Diehl

America is in the midst of a monarchy. Congress is in denial. The people know - some of the most intellectual ones, those free to think and speak out . Many are contemplating leaving the country because the country they grew up in, and loved, no longer exists.

Our Congress, frozen on the issue of a repressive administration and fearful of expressing their opinions about the true state of the nation, is sitting by, waiting it out. There is no time left. Our Democracy has been degraded, humbled, battered, and chipped away on every front. And it isn't over.

We are not at war. We completed two wars, and successfully so. What American troops are now doing is POLICEWORK. And yet the president keeps saying we are at war. Actually, we were never at war. The U.S. Congress must declare war. And there was never a declaration on their behalf. Instead, it abdicated its constitutional duty and told the president to use force any place and time he wished.

As Congress knows, all it has to do to stop force is not to fund it. It wants war because some of its supporters are profiting substantially by the conflict.

It's a sad day for my country. My relatives came over on the Mayflower to get away from a monarchy and have put their hearts and souls into the making of our nation. So have I. As we left England in the 17th century, we may now have to leave America behind for other places.

Dott Clarke Koch

Do you believe President Bush's actions justify impeachment? * 144853 responses

Yes, between the secret spying, the deceptions leading to war and more, there is plenty to justify putting him on trial.

No, like any president, he has made a few missteps, but nothing approaching "high crimes and misdemeanors."

No, the man has done absolutely nothing wrong. Impeachment would just be a political lynching.

I don't know.

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Refusing to perform their constitutional duties by not impeaching an executive branch guilty of numerous counts of high crimes and treason makes the house and senate just as guilty. Since the court is now in the backpocket of the executive branch, our only recourse is the vote in 2006. Unfortunately, with the tallying of votes uncheckable and in the hands of republican controlled companies, we are just screwed.

If everyone requests a mail in ballot instead of using the highly untrustworthy ballots at the voting places across the country they'd have to count those by hand and there would then be a signed paper trail of our votes. We should copy our mail in ballots and retain them
as our proof. There is this very simple method for taking control of our votes back. I intend to do it.

I am the Inspector of Elections in a precinct in PA. I think mail in ballots is a wonderful idea. However, in PA, you must indicate that you will be out of the precinct on election day. If you submit your mail in ballot and do not absent yourself from the precinct, your vote can be challenged if someone reports you. So, if you are going to request such a ballot, be sure you go on a little trip election day.

Great idea!

I agree we need to improve the ballot process. Look what happened in florida when gore sent the son of the best ballot stuffer in history down there. None other than Mr. Dailey himself.

BTW: they used the same ballots in chicago where to my knowledge rampant fraud was found from demoncrats

Democrats cheat and whine. conservatives plan and win.


There is more than ample evidence for the Impeachment of Both Bush and Cheney for:

1. Lying repeatedly to Congress and the American people.

2. Violating their oath of office to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

3. Planning the interrogation of prisoners under torture.

4. Denying that torture was taking place in U.S. controlled prisons.

5. Planning to give carte blanche authority to the C.I.A. to continue to torture while declaring that this was against the policy of the administration.

6. Lying to Congress about weapons of mass destruction.

7 Illegally spying on U.S. citizens without judicial authority and without any evidence that they were terrorists.

8. Pretending that such spying was only against terrorists and claiming that disclosure of this practise was supporting terrorism.

9. Supporting the dismissal of Governmental Employees who exposed
wrongdoing by the administration.

10. Donating National Funds to private businesses without justification or authority from Congress.

I feel sorry for those that choose to believe the deceptions by those that hate freedom, who choose to follow lockstep with the Democrats that want to be in power. Congress truly does not care about you and me. Those who say that they were no WMD's, despite all of the evidence to the contrary. I have yet to see anyone who uses the "No WMD" line, actually define what they think a WMD is. You can find dozens of quotes from politicians, including the revered President Clinton, that Iraq possessed these weapons. We have a
President who does not sway with the polls (even those that show 30% support for impeachment), and who can see far into the future in regards to the Middle East. Those that subscribe to the notion that it is OK to "leak" sensitive, classifed information, as long as it could somehow embarrass President Bush. These are called whistleblowers. If any information could support the President, then it is a "leak". I do not support the defeat of America. I do not support the leaking of classified information. I and a very large percentage of Americans consider these actions to be treasonous and worthy of prosecution. God Bless America!

It is amazing to me that the left can make up unproven lies and tout them as truth. Your hatred of Bush has made you be preceived as having a hatred of America. Get your facts straight, quit believing the media or shut up. You are safer, wealther and live in a stronger nation. If you hate this country this much maybe you should find other options. Oh by the way I fought for this country did you?

I'm no longer just dissatisfied with G.W. but I'm now in a state of fear. Although he has pretty well destroyed our relationship with the rest of the world he now seems to be accelerating the process in turning dissatisfaction into hate. He is now throwing the Mideast into a full all out war with his complete non-questioning of Israel and tactics with its neighbors. I’m amazed to see even a portion of our citizenship following a fellow who appears to be truly insane. I’m old enough to know of many previous world leaders who have followed this path and taken their country down with them.

Is there no way to quickly remove this terrible “director” and his followers from our leadership and attempt to bring our country, and the rest of the globe, back into some normalcy?

I’m completely unaffiliated.



Have you all lost your minds? No Bush is not Kennedy, Eisenhower, Roosevelt, or Lincoln. However, you all who spread your emotional propaganda on this web site have lost site of some basic facts. First, WE WERE ATTACKED ON 9/11 BY TERRORISTS. According to my way of thinking we were, at that moment, AT WAR. These Islamafascists desire nothing less than our destruction. HAVE WE BEEN ATTACKED SINCE 9/11? NO, although I get the impression that many of you wish we would be. What is it going to take before you all understand the gravity of this situation? Kiddy parts in your streets when these maniacal extremists bomb your local school? Will that get your attention? Will it if they ARE YOUR KIDS? No, probably not, you will just blame Bush. You are a group of the most pussilanimous people I have ever had the displeasure of communicating with. Those of you who want to impeach the President should also go after Clinton for his disgraceful handling of the FIRST FOUR TERRORIST ATTACKS which ultimately enabled and encouraged the tragic attacks on 9/11. Why did he not "track those people to the ends of the earth" and give them the justice that he promised? Probably because he needed the support of idiots like you all. Oh, to the wackos who sponsor this website, thanks for putting the photos of all of your celebrity wackos on here so that I know who not to support with my money from heretofore. I respect your rights to be wackos, and I expect you to respect my right to support any and all violent actions against those in the Middle East who desire my destruction.

Most Sincerely,

S. Hicks

another Reich wing asshole comes to tell us all we are at war, bow down and kiss King George's feet, bla blah,blah, be afraid, blah, blah,blah, Clinton did it, blah,blah,blah, be afraid the terrorist bogeyman is coming to get you, blah,blah,blah, be afraid.
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official...
~Theodore Roosevelt~

Even Clinton said publicly that HE TRIED to catch Osama bin Laden and failed , but HE TRIED , DAMN IT! Clinton did not go off half-cocked and invade Iraq which has nothing to do with 9/11 whatsoever!!!

Bush and cabal, on the other hand , STOOD DOWN BEFORE AND DURING 9/11, & LIED US INTO AN INVASION WITH IRAQ, and he continues to LIE US INTO CONTINUOUS WARS that have NOTHING to do with 9/11.

There is a reason you are only in the 29% now... thank God , the majority know the truth now.

You are partially truthful though "No Bush is not Kennedy, Eisenhower, Roosevelt, or Lincoln." But you didn't tell the WHOLE TRUTH>>> Bush is just a spoiled frat boy legacy of his fascist father and has no presidential qualilites even in his little pinky finger


I suggest that it might be a good idea for you to read three books. The first of these books was written in 2000, well before the September, 2001 tragedies. The title of the book is BLOWBACK and the author is Chalmers Johnson.

I'm sure you would react by instantly referring to Mr. Johnson as and "idiot". However, maybe if before you instantly react you might take the time to read and COMPREHEND Johnson's first book in what amounts to a trilogy authored around 9/11 and the Iraq Conflict, you might just get an idea of the answer to your hero, GWBush's heretofore rhetorical question, "WHY DO THEY HATE US?"

It appears that it takes a Fascist to know an "Islamafascist". By the way, have you checked your dictionary to define the meaning of fascists, fascism, etc.? When you do you should find that the definition deals with one party rule and the crushing of any and all opposition. Don't take my word for it, look it up for yourself.

First of all, Bin Laden is not the leader of any nation in the world. He is the leader of a movement which opposes the kinds of economic and military tactics which the United States and its ward, Isreal, employ across the greater Middle Eastern region of the world and which consequently subjugates indigenous peoples in the Middle East to second class or worse status within their own countries.

Let me analogize for you. In colonial days here in North America, our founding citizens were pretty fed up with the economic and military tactics of the British Crown. The embers of dissent first smoldered slowly and gradually burned until erupting into the Revolutionary War culminating in the creation of the United States from the 13 original colonies.

The very indigenous peoples of the Middle East can be viewed in the same light as our colonial ancestors. The problem now is that our country has taken over the role played by the British Crown in the 1700's. To deny this analogy is to be blinded by blatant nationalism and jingoism. The Muslims of the world DO NOT HATE our way of life. As far as they are concerned, west can live any way it wants so long as the west does not impose its culture on the Muslim world. You know, live and let live.

Johnson's other two books are entitled THE SORROWS OF EMPIRE and NEMESIS. The latter has just come out in the last few weeks. Taken together these three books constitute a clear picture of how the United States has entangled itself in an international morass from which it may not be extricated without being relieved of its stature.

Before referring to thoughtful people as "you idiots", maybe you should put down your WEEKLY STANDARDS and turn off FOX News(?) and look at or read some carefully considered material and then stop for a while to think about what you have read or seen and think a little about the circumstances before characterizing the position's proponents.

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