Not surprisingly, we remain as polarized as ever.
NBC has a new poll on impeachment and removal. It shows that public opinion has not changed and that we remain polarized as a country, NBC/WSJ poll: Country remains divided over Trump’s impeachment trial.
The key numbers:
In the poll, 46 percent of registered voters say Trump should be removed from office as a result of the impeachment trial, versus 49 percent who say he should remain — essentially unchanged from the 48 percent-to-48 percent split in December’s NBC/WSJ poll.
Democratic voters overwhelmingly support Trump’s removal from office (84 percent), while Republicans overwhelmingly oppose it (91 percent). Independents are divided, with 45 percent backing removal and 50 percent opposing it.
Such numbers underscore why removal was never going to happen.
And, the following basically reflect presidential approval numbers:
Still, a majority of voters — 52 percent — say they believe Trump abused the power of his office by asking a foreign government to investigate a political opponent to influence the upcoming election, compared with 41 percent who disagree.
And another majority of voters — 53 percent — believe the president obstructed Congress by not cooperating with the impeachment investigation and by directing government employees not to comply with subpoenas.
Just 37 percent say he did not obstruct Congress.
Fundamentally, if we had a rational process for electing the president, the clear likelihood is that Trump would lose reelection.
However, the Electoral College means that the drama rocks on.