What Do Area Voters Think About Trump Impeachment?

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
On October 31, the U.S. House of Representatives took the step of approving guidelines for the public phase of its impeachment inquiry of President Trump. The House cleared the way for nationally televised hearings in mid-November as it makes a probe of a top White House official’s account that the president pressured Ukraine to investigate a political rival. The impeachment inquiry has a divided response from the public, as reported in polls around the country and opinions offered by local residents.
“The impeachment is a waste of time when we could be making progress with other government matters,” said one couple who moved to the area two years ago. “We are not doing anything but fighting.”
A student who is studying government responded to a request for her views by stating that she thinks opening up the impeachment inquiry to the public is a positive step, as well as moving forward with the inquiry in other ways.
About a dozen local residents responded to the local, informal survey about the impeachment inquiry. They were half female and half male respondents, ranging in age from young adults to retirees. A little more than half were of the opinion that they are tired of hearing about the impeachment inquiry and don’t want to hear the news anymore. It was said that the fighting in Washington D.C. needs to stop, and that President Trump loves his country and is trying to follow up on his campaign promises.  A little less than half of the respondents felt that President Trump should be investigated and there should be concern that he is using his office to help his re-election. One couple said “He has lowered respect for the office of President. Impeachment is appropriate.”
A look at polls around the country at the end of September and during October show a slowly rising number of people who support the impeachment inquiry. www.fox2now.com reported that a recent poll conducted by YouGov showed 55 percent of Americans think the newly-opened probe is necessary, while 45 percent of Americans think it is unnecessary. A November 1 report from www.washingtonpost.com stated that a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 49 percent of Americans say the president should be impeached, while 47 percent say he should not. A report by www.usatoday.com, in late October, revealed that a Quinnipiac University poll showed 55 percent of registered voters approved of the inquiry and 43 percent disapproved. Opinions continue to be divided sharply along party lines, with 10 percent of Republicans approving the inquiry and 93 percent of Democrats.
Some Missouri politicians are hesitant to comment on the inquiry at this time, but a couple have voiced their opinions. 
On October 10, www.npr.org reported that U.S. Representative Emanual Cleaver, D-Missouri, said that his phones have been ringing constantly with people calling to thank him since he came out in favor of impeaching the president. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, was reported to be choosing his words carefully.  He said he would wait to comment when the panel has a chance to gather more information. U.S. Senator Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, is reported to be the delegation’s most vocal critic of the whistleblower whose complaint spurred House leadership’s decision to pursue impeachment.
On October 30, the New York Times defined impeachment as “charging a holder of public office with misconduct.” The accusation against President Trump is that he broke the law by pressuring the president of Ukraine to look into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a potential Democratic opponent in the 2020 election.