Demand More Polls on Bush Impeachment
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Sign our petition to pollsters urging them to ask Americans about impeachment!
Here are the polls on the impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney (question wordings, along with party breakdowns and related questions on trust and honesty are summarized here):
|11/13/07||American Research Group||Impeach and Remove Bush||34%||36%|
|11/13/07||American Research Group||Impeach and Remove Cheney||43%||30%|
|7/8/07||Democrats.com||Begin impeachment hearings for Bush which could lead to removal||43%||50%||-7%|
|7/8/07||Democrats.com||Begin impeachment hearings for Cheney which could lead to removal||45%||43%||+2%|
|7/8/07||USAToday/Gallup||Begin impeachment hearings for Bush which could lead to removal||36%||62%||-26%|
|7/7/07||Rasmussen||Impeach and Remove Bush||39%||49%||-10%|
|7/6/07||ARG||Libby||Impeachment proceedings against Bush||45%||46%||-1%|
|7/6/07||ARG||Libby||Impeachment proceedings against Cheney||54%||40%||+14%|
|5/8/07||InsiderAdvantage||Impeach Bush and Cheney||39%||55%||-16%|
|1/25/07||Newsweek||.||Wish Bush Presidency Was "Over"||58%||37%||+21%|
|10/25/06||USA/Gallup||Major investigations (by Democrats)||51%||47%||+4%|
|10/21/06||Newsweek||Impeach (by Democrats)||51%||44%||+7%|
|9/2/06||CNN||Impeach and Remove||30%||69%||-39%|
|5/22/06||FOX (RV)||Iraq WMD||Impeach (by Democrats)||30%||62%||-32%|
|4/12/06||LA Times||Wire||Impeachable offense||36%||56%||-20%|
|4/10/06||WashPost/ABC||Impeach and remove||33%||66%||-33%|
|3/18/06||Newsweek||Impeach and remove||26%||69%||-43%|
|2/1/06||MyDD (RV)||Hold accountable through impeachment and removal||50%||39%||+11%|
|1/16/06||Zogby||Hold accountable through impeachment||52%||43%||+9%|
|12/14/05||Rasmussen||Impeach and remove Bush||32%||56%||-24%|
|12/14/05||Rasmussen||Impeach and remove Cheney||35%||53%||-18%|
|6/30/05||Zogby (LV)||Hold accountable through impeachment||42%||50%||-8%|
On 6/30/05, a Zogby poll found 42% of Americans said "if it is found that President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should hold him accountable through impeachment."
After that poll, Democrats.com began a campaign to urge other pollsters to ask Americans about impeachment (see below). But the pollsters refused, because they were terrified they would anger Karl Rove. So AfterDowningStreet.org asked its supporters to contribute funds so we could commission impeachment polls from the same pollsters that provide periodic results to the media. AfterDowningStreet.org raised over $10,000 and made history by commissioning the first polls ever funded by the netroots.
On 10/11/05, the members of AfterDowningStreet.org paid for a poll by Ipsos Public Affairs that found Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President Bush if he lied about the war in Iraq by a margin of 50%-44% - virtually a majority!
On 11/4/05, the members of AfterDowningStreet.org paid for a second poll by Zogby that found Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President Bush if he lied about the war in Iraq by a margin of 53%-42% - now a solid majority!
(Note: some observers have been confused by the "if he lied" part of the question. These polls show a solid majority of Americans believe Bush lied.)
On 12/14/05, members of AfterDowningStreet.org hired Rasmussen Reports to ask a harder-edged question: "Should President Bush be impeached and removed from Office?" 32% said yes, 58% said no. Rasmussen also asked: "Should Vice President Cheney be Impeached and Removed from Office?" 35% said yes, 55% said no. A gap between support for impeachment hearings and removal is understandable - there was a 10% gap in similar polls for President Clinton in 1998. Rasmussen's results probably understate support for impeachment and removal, because Rasmussen's polls consistently show Bush's approval ratings 5-10% higher than all other polls.
On 1/16/06, members of AfterDowningStreet.org hired Zogby International to ask the first poll question relating the NSA wiretapping scandal to impeachment: "If President Bush wiretapped American citizens without the approval of a judge, do you agree or disagree that Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment." 52% said yes, 43% said no.
This poll sends a stunning rebuke to pollsters (and pundits) who claim Americans support illegal wiretapping. "The American people are not buying Bush's outrageous claim that he has the power to wiretap American citizens without a warrant. Americans believe terrorism can be fought without turning our own government into Big Brother," said AfterDowningStreet.org co-founder Bob Fertik.
It's time for other pollsters to ask about impeaching George Bush. When the Lewinsky scandal broke in 1998, just about every pollster in the business started polling on impeachment:
On 5/1/05, the Downing Street Memos proved Bush lied about war, which is infinitely worse than lying about sex. So why is Bush being treated differently by the pollsters?
I'm keeping track of the major media polls since July here. Polls that include impeachment are underlined. If we paid for the poll, you'll see ($).
Update: On 12/20/05, Chris Bowers of MyDD encouraged his readers to join an online chat with Washington Post polling editor Richard Morin to ask him about the Post's refusal to ask about impeachment. MediaMatters blogged Morin's response, which was a combination of whining and lying. Great work, everyone!