I hate polls. I feel like they are inherently biased based on who is presenting them. That being said, polling data is extremely important in the land of politics – more so now than ever. Decisions by leaders are based on polls, money flow is based on polls and whether or not Trump should pack his orange suitcase and GTFO of the White House will likely be based on polls. And with our lives (dreamers, people with pre-existing medical conditions, and any children crossing the border) at stake, the current polling data on how the public views the actions of Donald J Trump, are like a glorious sunrise slowing brightening a dark winter sky. They give us hope. A rapidly brightening hope.
A poll conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News, using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel, asked Americans how closely they were following the first week of public impeachment hearings in the House and what they believed:
An overwhelming 70% of Americans think President Donald Trump’s request to a foreign leader to investigate his political rival, which sits at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, was wrong… A slim majority of Americans, 51%, believe Trump’s actions were both wrong and he should be impeached and removed from office. But only 21% of Americans say they are following the hearings very closely
The take away from these numbers is that the public nature and organized messaging by the Democrats about the impeachment hearings are extremely effective. With more important witnesses coming forward this week, I encourage you to turn on any news channel other than FOX and try to get your weird aunt Nancy and your Uncle Bill and that racist dude who lives on your street (you know who I’m talking about) to watch these hearings. We can affect public opinion. Go to the bar and turn on the news if they are broadcasting witnesses testimony. Turn on your TV at home, in the doctor or dentist office. Leave a tiny TV on at the grocery store, tweet. Do whatever you can to get the word out. Knowledge is power. It took a year for the public to change their opinion of Nixon, but we have the internet. If we can inform enough people about the facts around impeachment and how and why the president attempted to bribe and extort a foreign leader for personal gain, we might find a path back to the America we were, before this nightmare began. We might actually make America great again, if we impeach and remove this president.
Irony is so real.