[R-G] Stunning New Poll: Americans Favor Bush's Impeachment If He Liedabout Iraq
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Wed Oct 12 23:10:22 MDT 2005
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> Subject: Stunning New Poll: Americans Favor Bush's Impeachment If He
> Stunning New Poll: Americans Favor Bush's Impeachment
> If He Lied about Iraq
> For Immediate Release: October 11, 2005
> By a margin of 50% to 44%, Americans say that President
> Bush should be impeached if he lied about the war in
> Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by
> AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that
> supports a Congressional investigation of President
> Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
> The poll was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, the
> highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll
> interviewed 1,001 U.S. adults on October 8-9.
> The poll found that 50% agreed with the statement:
> "If President Bush did not tell the truth about his
> reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should
> consider holding him accountable by impeaching him."
> 44% disagreed, and 6% said they didn't know or declined
> to answer. The poll has a +/- 3.1% margin of error.
> Those who agreed with the statement were also more
> passionate: 39% strongly agreed, while 30% strongly
> "The results of this poll are truly astonishing," said
> AfterDowningStreet.org co-founder Bob Fertik. "Bush's
> record-low approval ratings tell just half of the
> story, which is how much Americans oppose Bush's
> policies on Iraq and other issues. But this poll tells
> the other half of the story - that a solid plurality of
> Americans want Congress to consider removing Bush from
> the White House."
> Impeachment Supported by Majorities of Many Groups
> Responses varied by political party affiliation: 72% of
> Democrats favored impeachment, compared to 56% of
> Independents and 20% of Republicans.
> Responses also varied by age and income. Solid
> majorities of those under age 55 (54%), as well as
> those with household incomes below $50,000 (57%),
> support impeachment.
> Majorities favored impeachment in the Northeast (53%),
> West (51%), and even the South (50%).
> Support for Impeachment Surged Since June
> The Ipsos poll shows a dramatic transformation in
> support for Bush's impeachment since late June. (This
> is only the second poll that has asked Americans about
> their support for impeaching Bush in 2005, despite his
> record-low approval ratings.) The Zogby poll conducted
> June 27-29 of 905 likely voters found that 42% agreed
> and 50% disagreed with a statement virtually identical
> to the one used by Ipsos.
> Ipsos Zogby Net
> 10/8-9 6/27-29 Change
> Support Impeachment 50% 42% + 8%
> Oppose Impeachment 44% 50% + 6%
> Impeachment Margin +6% -8% +14%
> After the June poll, pollster John Zogby told the
> Washington Post that support for impeachment "was much
> higher than I expected." At the time, impeachment
> supporters trailed opponents by 8%. Now supporters
> outnumber opponents by 6%, a remarkable shift of 14%.
> Support for Clinton Impeachment Was Much Lower
> In August and September of 1998, 16 major polls asked
> about impeaching President Clinton
> (http://democrats.com/clinton-impeachment-polls). Only
> 36% supported hearings to consider impeachment, and
> only 26% supported actual impeachment and removal. Even
> so, the impeachment debate dominated the news for
> months, and the Republican Congress impeached Clinton
> despite overwhelming public opposition.
> Impeachment Support is Closely Related to Belief that
> Bush Lied about Iraq
> Both the Ipsos and Zogby polls asked about support for
> impeachment if Bush lied about the reasons for war,
> rather than asking simply about support for
> impeachment. Pollsters predict that asking simply
> about impeachment without any context would produce a
> large number of "I don't know" responses. However, this
> may understate the percentage of Americans who favor
> Bush's impeachment for other reasons, such as his slow
> response to Hurricane Katrina, his policy on torture,
> soaring gasoline prices, or other concerns.
> Other polls show a majority of U.S. adults believe that
> Bush did in fact lie about the reasons for war. A June
> 23-26 ABC/Washington Post poll found 52% of Americans
> believe the Bush administration "deliberately misled
> the public before the war," and 57% say the Bush
> administration "intentionally exaggerated its evidence
> that pre-war Iraq possessed nuclear, chemical or
> biological weapons."
> Support for the war has dropped significantly since
> June, which suggests that the percentage of Americans
> who believe Bush lied about the war has increased.
> Passion for Impeachment is Major Unreported Story
> The strong support for impeachment found in this poll
> is especially surprising because the views of
> impeachment supporters are entirely absent from the
> broadcast and print media, and can only be found on the
> Internet and in street protests, including the large
> anti-war rally in Washington on September 24.
> The lack of coverage of impeachment support is due in
> part to the fact that not a single Democrat in Congress
> has called for impeachment, despite considerable
> grassroots activism by groups like Democrats.com
> "We will, no doubt, see an increase in activism
> following this poll," said David Swanson, co-founder of
> AfterDowningStreet.org. "But will we see an increase
> in media coverage? The media are waiting for action in
> Congress. Apparently it's easier to find and interview
> one of the 535 members of Congress than it is to locate
> a representative of the half of the country that wants
> the President impeached if he lied about the war. The
> media already accepts that Bush did lie about the war.
> We know this because so many editors and pundits told
> us that the Downing Street Memo was 'old news.' What
> we need now is journalism befitting a democracy,
> journalism that goes out and asks people what they
> really think about their government, especially George
> The passion of impeachment supporters is directly
> responsible for the Ipsos poll. After the Zogby poll in
> June, activists led by Democrats.com urged all of the
> major polling organizations to include an impeachment
> question in their upcoming polls. But none of the
> polling organizations were willing to do so for free,
> so on September 30, AfterDowningStreet.org posted a
> request for donations to fund paid polls
> (http://afterdowningstreet.org/polling). As of October
> 10, 330 individuals had contributed $8,919 in small
> donations averaging $27 each.
> AfterDowningStreet.org has commissioned a second poll
> which is expected soon, and will continue to urge all
> polling organizations to include the impeachment
> question in their regular polls. If they do not,
> AfterDowningStreet.org will continue to commission
> regular impeachment polls.
> 1. AfterDowningStreet.org is a rapidly growing
> coalition of veterans' groups, peace groups, and
> political activist groups that was created on May 26,
> 2005, following the publication of the Downing Street
> Memos in London's Sunday Times on May 1. The coalition
> is urging Congress to begin a formal investigation into
> whether President Bush committed impeachable offenses
> in connection with the Iraq war.
> 2.Here are the complete tables from the Ipsos poll,
> plus the definitions of regions used by Ipsos and the
> U.S. Census Bureau.
> 3. Zogby asked: "If President Bush did not tell the
> truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq,
> Congress should consider holding him accountable by
> impeaching him through impeachment."
> 4. Pollsters have offered various reasons for refusing
> to poll on impeachment. For example, Gallup said it
> would do so "if, and when, there is some discussion of
> that possibility by congressional leaders, and/or if
> commentators begin discussing it in the news media."
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