By Jack Phillips
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign released polling numbers that suggest impeachment may imperil nearly three-dozen Democrats who hold seats in districts Trump carried in 2016.
“The issue of impeachment is seriously endangering all 30 Democrats” in those districts, the campaign said. New Jersey’s 2nd District, a seat currently held by Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.), wasn’t included as he plans to oppose voting for articles of impeachment and reportedly will switch parties.
A poll from pollster Fabrizio Lee showed that all of these districts oppose impeachment by about 10 percentage points. Fifty-three of voters oppose and 43 percent approve impeachment.
“Voters also favor electing a new person over the incumbent in those districts by 11 points, 47-36. By enormous majorities, voters also would prefer that Congress work on lowering prescription drug prices, passing new trade deals, and fixing our infrastructure rather than impeaching the president,” the campaign said, citing the polling data.
The pollster also found that 38 percent of voters in those districts suggested they would vote against their congressman or congresswoman if they voted to impeach, as compared to 29 percent who would vote in favor. Another 27 percent said it wouldn’t impact their vote.
A majority, or 62 percent of voters, said they want the member of Congress in their district to “move past impeachment and focus on solving real problems and let the voters decide,” the pollster added. Thirty-six percent disagreed with that sentiment.
And 61 percent of voters in those districts agreed with the statement that “Congress should stop wasting time and tax dollars on impeachment” and focus on “real problems,” the pollster said. Thirty-eight percent disagreed.
“These Democrats already knew they were in trouble before the sham impeachment, but now they are in serious jeopardy,” Trump’s reelection manager, Brad Parscale, said in a statement. “By moving forward with her political theater of impeachment, Nancy Pelosi has accomplished two things: she has energized the President’s supporters and walked her entire majority caucus off the plank.”
Fabrizio Lee’s poll carried out a survey of 900 likely voters in those 30 Congressional districts on Dec. 16 with a margin of error of 3.27 percent.
In recent days, Democratic Reps. Elissa Slotkin (Mich.), Matt Cartwright (Pa.), Joe Cunningham (S.C.), Ben McAdams (Utah), Josh Gottheimer (N.J.), Abigail Spanberger (Va.), Andy Kim (N.J.) Chris Pappas (N.H.), Xochitl Torres Small (N.M), were among those who made their plans public on Monday. On Tuesday, Reps. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.), and Kendra Horn (D-Okla.) said they would favor impeachment.
Over the past few weeks, Democratic Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.) Angie Craig (Minn.), Antonio Delgado (N.Y.), Max Rose (N.Y.), Conor Lamb (Pa.), Susie Lee (Nev.), and Tom O’Halleran (Ariz.) said they would vote in favor of the two articles against Trump. Another vulnerable Democrat, Lucy McBath (Ga.), voted in the Judiciary Committee on articles of impeachment.