Thursday :: Jun 30, 2005

Zogby Says 42% Support Bush's Impeachment If He Lied About Iraq


by Steve

(Thanks to Goyo for the tip)

First, I am surprised that a major pollster even asked the question in the first place. But second, I am surprised at the response. I am not surprised that John Zogby found that Bush’s speech didn’t help his approval ratings, which in fact fell another point to 43%. And after reading what Survey USA reported earlier in the week, which was that Bush’s disapproval ratings are remarkably high in red states, I wasn’t surprised to see that Zogby has found the same red-state disapproval problem for Bush.

But what floored me was that Zogby brought up the “I” word, and not only polled on it, but got a strong response.

President Bush’s televised address to the nation produced no noticeable bounce in his approval numbers, with his job approval rating slipping a point from a week ago, to 43%, in the latest Zogby International poll. And, in a sign of continuing polarization, more than two-in-five voters (42%) say they would favor impeachment proceedings if it is found the President misled the nation about his reasons for going to war with Iraq.
In a more significant sign of the weakness of the President’s numbers, more “Red State” voters—that is, voters living in the states that cast their ballots for the Bush-Cheney ticket in 2004—now rate his job performance unfavorably, with 50% holding a negative impression of the President’s handling of his duties, and 48% holding a favorable view. The President also gets negative marks from one-in-four (25%) Republicans—as well as 86% of Democrats and 58% of independents. (Bush nets favorable marks from 75% of Republicans, 13% of Democrats and 40% of independents.)
In a sign of the continuing partisan division of the nation, more than two-in-five (42%) voters say that, 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. While half (50%) of respondents do not hold this view, supporters of impeachment outweigh opponents in some parts of the country.

And then there’s this nugget:

Among President Bush’s fellow Republicans, a full one-in-four (25%) indicate they would favor impeaching the President under these circumstances, while seven-in-ten (70%) do not.

A quarter of Republicans would favor impeachment?

Since the Post reported that a majority in the country now think that Bush lied to lead us into war, and with Zogby saying that 42% of those polled would support impeachment proceedings if Bush lied to get us into war, you can bet that the impeachment question isn’t going away now.

Yet the way Zogby is wording this doesn't really offer a clear conclusion here. Bush supporters will say that Bush was telling the truth about his reasons for going to war: he wanted to get rid of WMDs, and eliminate a terrorist threat,and that he was only acting upon bad intelligence. Bush opponents will say that the White House knew the intelligence was suspicious at best about WMDs, and knew that Saddam wasn't linked to Al Qaeda or 9/11, but drummed up a phony case for public support anyway to get his war.

But even though these findings are murky to me, they at least for the first time establish a linkage between "Bush lied about Iraq" and "impeachment." Now we'll see if the media's long-suppressed shark pack mentality resurfaces from years of White House administered fear and intimidation.

And (props to Muckat for thinking about this) I don't think there was 42% support for Clinton's impeachment either. Bush is starting at that level. Quite simply folks, if you want Bush's impeachment, elect more Democrats to the House next year.

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