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July 25th, 2014 • iizthatiiz
Three months before he was forced to resign due to impending articles of impeachment, the level of public support for President Richard Nixon’s impeachment was eerily close to where Barack Obama finds himself now. A comparison of polling data released today by CNN|ORC, to polling data released by Gallup back on 5/2/74 demonstrates just how narrow the divide actually is.
The last poll Gallup released in mid-July of ’74, showed that public levels of support against Nixon had shifted, but not dramatically. The last survey showed 46% favoring impeachment, and 38% opposed. That is a rise of only eight percent.
One difference stands out in this comparison. The level of “undecided’s” is markedly different. Today’s more rigid partisan divide does not explain why so few are undecided on this issue. A much more likely explanation is that the question of impeaching Barack Obama is a fresh issue in the minds of many Americans. Until now, impeaching Obama was a question easily dismissed. With the possibility being much more openly discussed on mainstream media and around kitchen tables, we can expect the number of undecided’s to increase, and the level of those firmly against impeachment to erode. The CNN|ORC poll revealed that voters are very uneasy over the constitutional abuses this president has engaged in. When asked, “Do you think Barack Obama has gone too far, has been about right, or has not gone far enough in expanding the power of the presidency and executive branch?“, the public is very nervous.
It’s a clear indication that the public is more than concerned on the issue of whether Barack Obama is abusing the constitutional limits of his office. Obama seems to have a bedrock of 22 percent who strongly approve of his presidential actions. Forty-five percent are already convinced. While thirty percent are balanced on a cusp that could be easily tipped if more evidence of executive overreach is revealed.
With scandals and crises engulfing his presidency, Barack Obama may be much closer to impeachment than anyone currently realizes. If those favoring impeachment rise a mere eight percent, he will have “achieved” the level of public outcry that brought Richard Nixon to his knees, and an early exit from the White House.