Nearly half of those polled about impeaching Donald Trump said that Robert Mueller’s testimony made no difference in their views. Even among Democrats, 44% said they feel the same about impeachment as they did before the special counsel’s testimony.
Democrats were hoping for a tidal wave of support for impeaching Trump. But it appears that the needle has barely moved on impeachment and those die hard Democrats looking to begin impeachment proceedings against the president are playing with political fire.
Among those who read, saw or heard about Mueller’s testimony, 47% said it made no difference in their views about impeaching the president. The public hearings had opposing impacts based on partisanship: among Democrats, 48% said they are more likely to support the process of impeachment that could ultimately lead to Trump’s removal from office, 8% said they are less likely to support impeachment and 44% said they feel the same as they did prior to Mueller’s testimony.
Whereas for Republicans, only 3% said they were more likely to support impeachment, 42% said they were less likely, and 54% were unchanged. Independents were split, with 26% saying they are more likely to support impeachment and 29% saying less likely. 45% of Independents said they feel the same as they did prior to Mueller’s testimony.
To stake so much on Mueller’s testimony and then have it flop in front of millions of TV viewers was a huge mistake by Democrats. While the partisan split in the poll is hardly surprising, what might come as a shock to Democrats is the attitude of independents.
In their open-ended responses, Independents were much more likely to echo the comments made by Republicans than those made by Democrats. A majority of self-described Independents — 60% — described the testimony as a waste of time and taxpayer money or questioned Mueller’s fitness. About one in five — 19% — of Independents mentioned that the testimony proved or confirmed Trump’s guilt. The remaining 20% of Independents had more mixed assessments.
That alone should close out any effort to impeach Trump.
But it won’t. Despite Mueller’s own conclusions in his report, and despite his statements during his testimony that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, Democrats are still running around the country screaming about Trump being a Russian agent.
It’s apparent that independents aren’t buying it.
Perhaps what shows the Democrat’s death wish on impeachment so clearly is that momentum to being an impeachment inquiry actually picked up after Mueller’s testimony. Speaker Pelosi is virtually powerless to stop it. The inmates are in control of the asylum and watching Democrats implode over the next year and a half trying to impeach a president will be quality entertainment.