Americans and politicians on both sides of the aisle don’t see the Democratic push to impeach President Donald Trump going anywhere. In fact, there seems to be a growing consensus that this could actually help the President with his re-election bid.
According to Reuters, opinions from voters from some of the most important counties in the 2020 election indicate that Republicans are confident the impeachment process will backfire, and Trump will win re-election. Meanwhile, Democrats are concerned that they just might be right.
During the 2020 Presidential Election cycle, Reuters has been and plans to continue to monitoring voters in the four areas that could actually determine the outcome of the November 3, 2020 election: Northampton County, Pennsylvania; Pinellas County, Florida; Racine County, Wisconsin; and Maricopa County, Arizona. Due to the rules of the state-by-state elections that determine the winner in the Electoral College and the hugely divided electorate, these four states will be the most targeted by the presidential candidates.
Currently, talks of impeaching President Trump have not affected the opinions of voters in the interviews and polls conducted by Reuters. In fact, as of last Tuesday, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed 37% were in favor of impeaching Trump while 45% were opposed. Those in favor of impeachment are down from 44% in May of this year.
Chair of the Northampton County Republican Committee, Lee Snover, said that the impeachment inquiry on Trump was just another in a series of unfair tactics by the Democrats to end Trump’s presidency. She further indicated that she felt that it showed just how disconnected the politicians in Washington are from reality and the country.
“I have not had one Republican crack or say they’re turning or going the other way. They’re laughing it off. I think it’s going to help him,” said Snover.
Students at Arizona State University felt the same way.
“They have this idea that everyone is siding with them, that Trump is an impeachable president, when really it’s only a minority,” said College Republicans member Rose Mulet. “It’s not a reflection of the general public.”
Democrats were not too optimistic about Trump’s impeachment either. Democrat Marc Devlin from Northampton County, Pennsylvania, said he expects the impeachment inquiry to “incense” Trump supporters. “This is my fear, that it will actually add some flame to his fire with his base,” he said. “I just fear ‘party over country.’”
While the opinion of the public certainly has time to shift before the votes are cast in 2020, the talk of impeachment has not had an effect on Trump’s supporters, as it has done little to sway opinions of those who want to see Trump as our current and next president.