Voters in the states likeliest to decide the 2020 presidential election support the impeachment inquiry that House Democrats began last month, but a majority still opposes impeaching President Trump and removing him from office, according to a New York Times/Siena College survey.
In the six closest states carried by the president in 2016, registered voters support the impeachment inquiry by a five-point margin, 50 percent to 45 percent. The same voters oppose impeaching Mr. Trump and removing him from office, 53 percent to 43 percent.
How to figure that? Are these people totally schizo? Actually, no.
For starters, of course, you'd want to how the poll questions were framed, and the NYT isn't telling us that. However, you can get an idea of what the questions may have like from this sentence further down in the article:
acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, acknowledged that aid to Ukraine was conditioned on an investigation of Democrats. (He later retracted those comments).
See how fair they're being? After presenting a false version of what Mulvaney said, they add that Mulvaney retracted comments that they say he made but that, in reality, he never did make.
From that it's reasonable to suspect that the poll question might have run pretty much along these lines:
President Trump asked Ukraine to conduct an investigation for dirt on a political rival in exchange for military aid. Do you approve of an impeachment inquiry regarding whether that was an abuse of his office?
So, 50-45, the responders said: Sure, knock yourself out.
But, by double that margin, 53-43, they added: Nevertheless, we don't want Trump removed, even if he did do that.
Imagine if the poll question had run something along these lines:
President Trump asked Ukraine to assist the US Department of Justice in its investigation into criminal wrongdoing during the 2016 election. Do you think that was an abuse of presidential power? Do you think President Trump should be removed from office for that?
Dems know what the answers would look like. As a result they're engaging in Impeachment Theater, not an Impeachment Inquiry.