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Most Americans Oppose Congressional Republicans Impeaching President Biden

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 By Ian Smith
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Poll: Impeachment Inquiry

This Navigator Research report contains polling data on the public’s assessments of House Republican lawmakers’ recent calls to impeach President Biden, including the greatest concerns Americans have about the impeachment inquiry.

When described as an impeachment inquiry, a plurality of Americans are opposed to it, and opposition increases to a majority when described as impeaching Biden.

By a 7-point margin, there is plurality opposition to an “impeachment inquiry” into President Biden (40 percent support – 47 percent oppose, with an additional 13 percent who are not sure). But when described as moving forward with impeaching President Biden, net opposition grows to 15 points (38 percent support – 53 percent oppose), including a plurality of independents (net -5; 36 percent support – 41 percent oppose) and even a quarter of Republicans express opposition to impeaching President Biden (24 percent).

  • When asked among a pair of statements which one Americans agree with more about investigations by Republican lawmakers into President Biden, Americans agree more that Republicans in Congress are pursuing “political stunts aimed at damaging the Biden administration” (45 percent) than believe they are “serious efforts to get to the bottom of wrongdoing” (33 percent), with nearly a quarter of Americans saying they don’t know enough to say (23 percent). 
  • While only 10 percent of Americans say “oversight of the Biden administration” is one of the top four issues that Congress should be focused on, nearly half believe that “investigating the Biden administration” is among the top four issues of focus for Donald Trump (48 percent) and an even higher 56 percent say it is the focus for Republicans in Congress (ranking first ahead of all other issues).
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Pluralities Oppose the GOP Impeachment Inquiry, and an Even Greater Share Oppose the Impeachment of Biden
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: A Plurality Call These Investigations By Republicans in Congress into Biden “Political Stunts”
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Congressional Republicans & Trump Are Seen as Putting Investigating Biden as a Priority; Americans Do Not Prioritize It

The strongest messaging against the inquiry emphasizes how Republicans are distracting from real issues and causing more chaos.

The greatest concerns about House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry is that they are bringing chaos and instability to our government, and that they are focused on this impeachment instead of addressing the issues that actually matter to Americans, like inflation. 65 percent of Americans are concerned by “Republicans in Congress bringing chaos and instability to our government: kicking out their Speaker of the House, failing to find a new one for three weeks, and now this impeachment inquiry [that ]is all wasting time and taxpayer money,” including a majority of independents (53 percent concerned) and two in five Republicans (40 percent concerned). Additionally, more than three in five Americans are concerned by “Republicans in Congress are failing to get anything done and distracting from the issues that actually matter, like inflation, by pursuing a baseless impeachment inquiry” (63 percent, including 64 percent of independents and 34 percent of Republicans). Other top concerns about the inquiry include: 

  • This impeachment inquiry is just another example of MAGA Republican extremism: their party no longer represents the beliefs and goals of most of its voters, and the far-right wing of their party controls everything they do (61 percent find this concerning, including 54 percent of independents and 29 percent of Republicans); and,
  • Republicans in Congress are just using the impeachment inquiry to get revenge against Democrats for impeaching Donald Trump, even though they have no evidence of wrongdoing by President Biden and there was ample evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump (57 percent find this concerning, including 54 percent of independents and 27 percent of Republicans).
Bar graph of polling data from Navigator Research. Title: Wrong Priorities, Chaos Most Concerning on Impeachment Inquiry

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About The Study

Global Strategy Group conducted public opinion surveys among a sample of 1,000 registered voters from January 4-January 8, 2024. 100 additional interviews were conducted among Hispanic voters. 75 additional interviews were conducted among Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. 100 additional interviews were conducted among African American voters. 100 additional interviews were conducted among independent voters. The survey was conducted online, recruiting respondents from an opt-in online panel vendor. Respondents were verified against a voter file and special care was taken to ensure the demographic composition of our sample matched that of the national registered voter population across a variety of demographic variables.

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In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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