Bush impeachment poll

Somebody finally did a serious Bush impeachment poll. Here’s a summary - more details at original site http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/3528:

Poll: Americans Favor Bush’s Impeachment If He Lied about Iraq Submitted by davidswanson on Tue, 2005-10-11 12:46. Media

NOTE WELL: The After Downing Street Coalition hired Ipsos Public Affairs to do this poll. Ipsos did not sponsor the poll, but was very helpful, cooperative, and professional. Please do NOT complain to them that they did not do the poll for free. If you feel you must communicate with them, please thank them for being helpful.

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2005

Poll: Americans Favor Bush’s Impeachment If He Lied about Iraq

By a margin of 50% to 44%, Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President Bush if he lied about the war in Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003. The poll was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,001 U.S. adults on October 6-9.

The poll found that 50% agreed with the statement:

“If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable by impeaching him.” 44% disagreed, and 6% said they didn’t know or declined to answer. The poll has a +/- 3.1% margin of error.

Among those who felt strongly either way, 39% strongly agreed, while 30% strongly disagreed.

“The results of this poll are truly astonishing,” said AfterDowningStreet.org co-founder Bob Fertik. “Bush’s record-low approval ratings tell just half of the story, which is how much Americans oppose Bush’s policies on Iraq and other issues. But this poll tells the other half of the story - that a solid plurality of Americans want Congress to consider removing Bush from the White House.”

Impeachment Supported by Majorities of Many Groups

Responses varied by political party affiliation: 72% of Democrats favored impeachment, compared to 56% of Independents and 20% of Republicans.

Responses also varied by age and income. Solid majorities of those under age 55 (54%), as well as those with household incomes below $50,000 (57%), support impeachment.

Majorities favored impeachment in the Northeast (53%), West (51%), and even the South (50%).

Support for Impeachment Surged Since June

The Ipsos poll shows a dramatic transformation in support for Bush’s impeachment since late June. (This is only the second poll that has asked Americans about their support for impeaching Bush in 2005, despite his record-low approval ratings.) The Zogby poll conducted June 27-29 of 905 likely voters found that 42% agreed and 50% disagreed with a statement virtually identical to the one used by Ipsos Public Affairs. (see footnote below)

After the June poll, pollster John Zogby told the Washington Post that support for impeachment “was much higher than I expected.” At the time, impeachment supporters trailed opponents by 8%. Now supporters outnumber opponents by 6%, a remarkable shift of 14%.

Support for Clinton Impeachment Was Much Lower

In August and September of 1998, 16 major polls asked about impeaching President Clinton (http://democrats.com/clinton-impeachment-polls). Only 36% supported hearings to consider impeachment, and only 26% supported actual impeachment and removal. Even so, the impeachment debate dominated the news for months, and the Republican Congress impeached Clinton despite overwhelming public opposition. Impeachment Support is Closely Related to Belief that Bush Lied about Iraq Both the Ipsos and Zogby polls asked about support for impeachment if Bush lied about the reasons for war, rather than asking simply about support for impeachment. Pollsters predict that asking simply about impeachment without any context would produce a large number of “I don’t know” responses. However, this may understate the percentage of Americans who favor Bush’s impeachment for other reasons, such as his slow response to Hurricane Katrina, his policy on torture, soaring gasoline prices, or other concerns.


2 Responses to “Bush impeachment poll”

  1. Jodin Says:

    Impeach Bush yourself! That’s right. This is much more than just a petition.

    There’s a little known and rarely used clause of the in the rules for
    the House of Representatives which sets forth the various ways in
    which a president can be impeached. Only the House Judiciary
    Committee puts together the Articles of Impeachment, but before that
    happens, someone has to initiate the process.

    That’s where we come in. One of the ways to get impeachment going is
    for individual citizens like you and me to submit a memorial.
    ImpeachforPeace.org has created a new memorial based on one which was
    successful in impeaching a federal official in the past. You can find
    it on their website as a PDF.

    You can initiate the impeachment process yourself by downloading the
    memorial, filling in the relevant information in the blanks (your
    name, state, etc.), and sending it in.


    More information on the precedent for submitting an impeachment
    memorial, and the House Rules on this procedure, can also be found at
    the above address.

    If you have any doubts that Bush has committed crimes warranting
    impeachment, read this page: http://ImpeachForPeace.org/evidence/

    If you’re concerned that impeachment might not be the best strategy
    at this point, read the
    bottom of this page: http://ImpeachForPeace.org/

    It just takes a minute to save our democracy.

  2. Stephen Pontz Says:

    Congress should not only impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney, but they should also be charged and prosecuted for crimes against humanity in the world court. at the very least they should be charged with crimes aginst the country and the people of this country. the whole present administration are nothing more than thugs.

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