President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time on Wednesday.
Democrats charged the president with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week.
Republican Reps. Liz Cheney, Tom Rice, Dan Newhouse, Adam Kinzinger, Anthony Gonzalez, Fred Upton, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Peter Meijer, John Katko, and David Valadao joined Democrats and voted to impeach Trump.
But a new poll of swing-state voters shows that Republican lawmakers who voted for a second impeachment of Trump might have done so at their own peril.
In a memo shared by the Washington Examiner, pollster John McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates revealed that voters are not being swayed by the effort to blame Trump for the actions of those who occupied the Capitol building.
The survey shows both generic Republicans and those identifying as supporters of Trump said they are less likely to vote for elected officials who voted to impeach Trump for a second time.
Those who identified as Republican signaled that lawmakers in Congress who go along with the impeachment might be ending their careers and will not have voter support at the polls in 2022 and beyond.
Voters were polled in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
“The results of our just-completed survey of 800 battleground voters on January 10th and 11th, which matches the actual turnout from the November 3rd election, show that voters are opposed to impeachment and Big Tech censorship, and they want a peaceful and orderly transition,” McLaughlin wrote.
“Voters strongly prefer that Congress deal with fighting coronavirus and not impeachment. Impeachment is viewed as a waste of time and money. Voters believe that the Democrats are playing politics and that continuing to attack the President is making it worse. They also believe that Big Tech is violating free speech and if they can do it to President Trump, they can do it to any American.”
The memo, and its survey, shared some interesting insights. For example, 60 percent of those polled called impeachment “another waste of time and money.”
Only 23 percent said they wanted Trump impeached again with one week left in his term.
Additionally, 77 percent of respondents told the pollster they feel Congress should use this crucial time to work on the coronavirus response, as opposed to impeachment.
Another 74 percent said the latest impeachment is “politically motivated to prevent the President from running again.”
Another majority of respondents, 65 percent, accused President-elect Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of “keeping the country divided.”
But the real surprise from the poll signaled that no matter how negative the coverage following the Capitol incursion last week has been, the GOP overwhelmingly remains the party of Trump.
Republicans who supported impeachment could be in serious political trouble.
“80% of Trump voters and 76% of Republicans are less likely to vote for a member of Congress who votes for impeachment,” McLaughlin wrote to Miller.
McLaughlin noted, “48% of all voters are less likely to vote for a member of Congress who votes to impeach the President. Only 36% are more likely.”