November 13, 2006

20% of Republicans Support Bush Impeachment

Of "all Americans" polled by Newsweek in October 2006, 51% are in favor of impeaching President George W. Bush. 20% of Republicans support impeachment.[1]

You'd have a hard time figuring that out from the way it was reported by Newsweek:

"Other parts of a potential Democratic agenda receive less support, especially calls to impeach Bush: 47 percent of Democrats say that should be a “top priority,” but only 28 percent of all Americans say it should be, 23 percent say it should be a lower priority and nearly half, 44 percent, say it should not be done. (Five percent of Republicans say it should be a top priority and 15 percent of Republicans say it should be a lower priority; 78 percent oppose impeachment.)"

Yep. "only" 28 percent say impeachment is a "top priority." That plus 23 percent will get you 51 percent that support impeaching Bush. How does that compare to the issues that voters felt were "most important" in the Newsweek poll?

Iraq (31 percent),
Economy (18 percent),
Health care (16 percent),
Terrorism (13 percent).

OK, so that's a false comparison, but clearly Newsweek is biased when it says "only 28 percent" in this context. Then they say "nearly half, 44 percent, say it [impeachment] should not be done." That's nice. But more interesting is the fact that their own poll says OVER HALF, 51 percent, say it SHOULD be done.

We have to read Democratic statements of "Impeachment is off the Table," with a "for now" tagged on the end. The Democrats are trying to demonstrate statesmanship, and are afraid of a corporate media that reports facts in the twisted way Newsweek does. The Democrats are not going to move on impeachment until there is a popular ground-swell. Like the elections, the populace needs to lead the way.


[1] Newseek Article, by Marcus Mabry, "Are the Faithful Losing Faith?" October 21, 2006

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