(National Sentinel)Â Politically Toxic: A recent survey has found that talk of impeaching President Donald J. Trump is not a good campaign tactic for Democrats seeking to win back control of Congress.
A new NPR/PBS Newshour/MaristÂ pollÂ of likely voters shows the majority of respondents say they would definitely vote against a congressional candidate who runs on a platform pledging to remove the 45th president from office.
Of those surveyed, 47 percent of likely voters said they would oppose an impeachment-seeking Democratic candidate, while 42 percent said they likely would favor such a pledge and candidate.
But 10 percent remain undecided, and with a margin of error of +/- 4 percent, the margin of disapproval could always go much higher.
The poll found 47 percent of likely voters said they would oppose such a candidate, while 42 percent said they would favor such a candidate. The remaining 10 percent said they were undecided. The poll has a margin of error of roughly 4 percent.
As reported byÂ The Western Journal:
Even among Democrats, there is some hesitancy to use impeachment as a reason for supporting a candidate, with 30 percent saying they would either definitely voteÂ againstÂ a candidate who favors impeachment (18 percent of respondents) or are unsure if it would impact their vote (12 percent).
â€œIf the question of impeachment dominates the news this fall, like so many other voter concerns, it breaks along partisan lines,â€ Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, said of the results in a statement.
â€œBut, because nearly one-third of Democrats are not eager to open up this debate, it is one potential campaign issue that advantages the GOP,” Miringoff added.
â€œThe threat of impeachment provides Republicans their best point of attack looking toward the midterm elections, and I think weâ€™re going to hear a lot more about it from their arsenal as they try to isolate the Robert Mueller investigation and delegitimize it,â€ Miringoff laterÂ told NPR.
â€œIf thereâ€™s a silver lining for Republicans in this data, itâ€™s the impeachment question.â€
Talk of impeachment is much more popular in solidly Democratic districts but not so much in swing districts or those that only lean Democratic, experts noted.