In the past week, it has become clear that Democrats have seen the writing on the wall that impeaching Trump would be a bad political move, and have since set their sights on Attorney General Barr, hoping for greener pastures. Nancy Pelosi has accused him of perjury, and many on the left, including congressional leaders, 2020 candidates, pundits, and celebrities, have called for Barr’s impeachment.
Unfortunately for them, fewer voters believe Barr should be impeached. According to a new Rasmussen poll, “Voters think their threats against President Trump, Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh are going nowhere.” A whopping 71 percent of voters think it is unlikely that the House of Representatives will impeach Trump, Barr, or Brett Kavanaugh. Only 22 percent believe impeachment of any of them is likely.
We already know that impeaching Trump is a losing issue for them, and this poll confirms that only 40 percent of voters think Trump should be impeached. But, if Democrats were hoping they found a winning issue with the impeaching Attorney General Barr (over bogus allegations of misrepresenting the Mueller report and perjury) they were gravely mistaken. A mere 31 percent of voters support impeaching Barr. Democrats naturally support impeachment more than Republican or Independent voters, but even in their own party, less than half of Democrats want to impeach Attorney General Barr or Justice Kavanaugh. Two-thirds of Democrats support impeaching Trump.
Opposition to impeaching Kavanaugh has remained strong, even since Democrats won back the House in November.
The bottom line for Democrats is that a strong majority (61 percent) of voters say “it’s time for Democrats in Congress to move on to other issues now that the Mueller probe has failed to prove that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians.” If Democrats don’t get the hint, they most certainly risk the same kind of backlash the GOP experienced after impeaching President Bill Clinton.
Rasmussen’s survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 2 and 5, 2019, and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.
Matt Margolis is the author of The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama and the bestselling The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. His new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy, will be published in July 2019. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis