Half of U.S. favors Bush Impeachment (Poll)

Nearly half of the US public wants President George W. Bush to face impeachment, and even more favor that fate for Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a poll out Friday.  The survey by the American Research Group found that 45 percent support the US House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against Bush, with 46 percent opposed, and a 54-40 split in favor when it comes to Cheney.

The study by the private New Hampshire-based ARG canvassed 1,100 Americans by telephone July 3-5 and had an error margin of plus or minus three percentage points. The findings are available on ARG’s Internet site.

The White House declined to comment on the poll, the latest bad news for a president who has seen his public opinion standings dragged to record lows by the unpopular war in Iraq.

The US Constitution says presidents and vice presidents can be impeached — that is, formally charged by the House — for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” by a simple majority vote.

Conviction by the Senate, which requires a two-thirds majority, means removal from office.

Just two US presidents have been impeached: Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 and acquitted in 1999; Andrew Johnson was impeached and acquitted in 1868. Disgraced president Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 when a House impeachment vote appeared likely.

In late April, left-wing Representative Dennis Kucinich, a long-shot Democratic presidential hopeful, introduced a resolution calling for Cheney’s impeachment. To date, the measure has nine listed co-sponsors and a 10th set to sign on when the House returns to work next week.

But Democratic leaders appear unlikely to pursue such a course.

(story from breitbart.com)

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3 Responses

  1. […] Nearly half of the US public wants President George W. Bush to face impeachment, and even more favor that fate Read full story… […]

  2. But Democratic leaders appear unlikely to pursue such a course.

    Yes, Nancy Pelosi had no constitutional authority to take “impeachment off the table.” That single, dumb remark is now part of her legacy and people and bloggers quote her endlessly.

    Little wonder the Congress’ approval numbers have crashed and now stand at 14% — lower even than those of Bush and Cheney.

    If Pelosi is smart and decides to be a leader instead of sitting on her hands in the corner, fearfully focused on the 2008 presidential election, she would announce she’s putting impeachment back on the table where it belonged in the first place.

  3. Although I am strongly opposed to President Bush’s foreign policy, I cannot countenance impeaching him. He has done a lot of good for the pro-life cause. The people who advocate abortion in addition to their hatred for Bush’s Middle East policies are the ones yelling the loudest for his impeachment.

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