Republican lawmakers voting to impeach President Donald Trump can expect a backlash for their decisions, according to new polling data.
Pollster John McLaughlin wrote a memo in which he said an overwhelming majority of Trump supporters and Republicans in battleground states said they were less likely to vote for someone who votes in favor of impeaching the president, per Breitbart on Wednesday.
The Jan. 12 memo, addressed to Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller, provided results based on the opinions of 800 voters in battleground states Jan. 10-11. States involved included Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Overall, survey results showed impeaching Trump in the final days of his presidency was widely unpopular, according to McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates.
Among the findings:
- 60% of battleground voters viewed the Democrats’ second impeachment effort as a waste of time.
- 80% of Trump voters and 76% of Republicans indicated they were less likely to vote for a congressional member who votes in favor of impeaching Trump.
- 48% of all voters said they were less likely to vote for a congressional member who votes in favor of impeaching Trump.
- 65% of all voters said President-elect Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., were “making this worse and keeping the country divided” by continuing to attack Trump.
- Nearly 75% of all voters “agree that efforts by Pelosi and the Democrats to try to impeach the President after Joe Biden is sworn in would be politically motivated to prevent the president from running again, stripping his Secret Service protection, and preventing him from having a Presidential Library,” per the memo.
The House met Wednesday to vote on impeaching Trump for inciting the violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., chair of the House Rules Committee, told colleagues Trump virtually “organized” and “incited” the protests that occurred.
At least five GOP lawmakers had expressed their support for impeachment publicly. They included Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., John Katko, R-N.Y., Fred Upton, R-Mich., Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.
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