According to a new Gallup poll, for the first time since former President Richard Nixon, more than half of Americans want the president of the United States impeached.
The DailyMail reported that the poll found 52 percent of Americans supported the removal of President Donald Trump from office.
“It is the first time that the respected pollsters have registered a majority of Americans supporting the removal of a president since August 1974, when 58% supported the removal of Richard Nixon,” the DailyMail reported.
“In contrast, the Gallup data shows support for the removal of Bill Clinton as president peaked at just 35% in September 1998 in the months leading up to his impeachment trial. ”
Nixon, who was himself embroiled in a scandal, voluntarily stepped down just four days after that poll was announced after it became highly likely that he would be impeached by the House of Representatives.
According to their poll of likely voters, Gallup found that while 52 percent, up from 45 percent in June, was the national average of adult likely voters that support impeachment, a full 46 percent opposed the impeachment, and only 6 percent of Republicans support his removal.
Not surprisingly, 89 percent of Democrats support the removal along with 55 percent of independents.
While pressure is mounting for the president to resign and step down from office, according to three different economic models used by Moody’s Analytics to measure presidential contests, Trump is considered the likely winner of the 2020 presidential election.
The Hill reported that Moody’s modeling of predicting the election has correctly predicted all but one election since 1980, including that Trump would win in 2016, which he did by a 304-227 margin in the Electoral College, which they have said that they expect him to surpass in 2020.
“The three different models showed Trump winning either 289, 332 or 351 votes in the Electoral College over his eventual opponent,” The Hill reported. “The projections are based on how consumers feel about their financial situations, stock market gains achieved under Trump and the prospects for unemployment.”
“If the economy a year from now is the same as it is today, or roughly so, then the power of incumbency is strong and Trump’s election odds are very good, particularly if Democrats aren’t enthusiastic and don’t get out to vote,” chief economist at Moody’s Analytics and co-author of the paper Mark Zandi, told CNBC. “It’s about turnout.”
According to the models cited by The Hill, the president performed the best in the “pocketbook” measure, which measures how voters feel about the subject’s effects on their finances.
“Our ‘pocketbook’ model is the most economically driven of the three. If voters were to vote primarily on the basis of their pocketbooks, the president would steamroll the competition,” the report said. “This shows the importance that prevailing economic sentiment at the household level could hold in the next election.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.