{ An Autopsy of Democracy }

Friday, December 16, 2005

Support for Removing Bush is Higher Than for Clinton

"Rasmussen Reports, whose polls consistently place George Bush's approval rating higher than other polls, published the first poll on impeaching Bush and removing him from office. Rasmussen found that 32% of Americans want President Bush impeached and removed, while 35% want Vice President Dick Cheney impeached and removed.


By comparison, prior to the impeachment of President Clinton in August and September 1998, there were 10 major polls conducted. Support for impeaching Clinton and removing him from office averaged only 26%.


House Republicans nevertheless impeached President Clinton in 1998, but Senate Republicans could not get enough votes to remove him from office.

When polls asked Americans in 1998 if they supported Congressional hearings to consider impeaching President Clinton (but not necessarily for removing him from office), 36% said yes, 10% more than those who wanted to remove him from office.

Recent polls show that support for impeachment hearings for President Bush are much higher than they were for President Clinton. In a poll published on November 4, Zogby International found that, by a margin of 53% to 42%, Americans said that "If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment."

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The 32% is a pretty high number, considering the poll did not include the qualification "if he lied about Iraq"; it simply asked "Should he be impeached?".


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