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National Impeachment Survey Results

- 06/11/2019

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Interest in impeachment is (and has been) growing, and knowing where our movement is on this issue is very important for us in determining our response. We surveyed Indivisibles in groups and on our email list to understand:

  1. How interested they might be in moving forward with impeachment plans

  2. What were their concerns

  3. Is there energy to work on this issue.

We found that Indivisibles are really supportive of House Democrats starting impeachment investigations. 80% of respondents believe Democrats should start impeachment investigations and 75% are willing to invest time and energy in working to make that happen.

Methodology

3,500 people completed the survey between May 30 and June 3, with 26% of respondents identifying as group members or group leaders. These results are reflective of responses from 49 states plus the District of Columbia. No one from ND and PR responded to this survey. The margin of error is +/- 1.66.

Results

Q. Do you think House Democrats should initiate an impeachment investigation into Donald Trump?

We started our survey asking respondents how they felt about House Democrats initiating impeachment investigations. Overall, respondents are overwhelmingly supportive of moving forward with impeachment investigations. 80% of all respondents support democrats beginning an impeachment investigation.

In response to the question "Do you think House Democrats should initiate an impeachment investigation into Donald Trump?" 80% of folks responded "yes", 8% of folks responded "No", and 12% responded "maybe".

Q. Do you think impeachment will help, hurt or have no political effect on Democrats?

Respondents generally believe moving forward with impeachment will help Democrats. 50% of all respondents think that Democrats will benefit from this fight and 30% believe it will make no difference.

In response to the question "Do you think impeachment will help, hurt or have no political effect on Democrats?" 50% of folks responded "Help Democrats politically", 30% of folks responded "No Difference", and 20% responded "Hurt Democrats politically".

Open-Ended Questions

In an open-ended question section, we asked respondents who expressed support for impeachment about why. Responses largely centered on moral arguments for impeachment:

  1. The president cannot be above the law.
  2. The president has clearly committed crimes and should be impeached.
  3. If Congress does not impeach with the information they have now, they are shirking their constitutional duties.
  4. It is the morally right thing to do to impeach him, even if it costs Democrats politically.
  5. Impeachment is necessary to save our democracy and defend the constitution.

Q. Based on your own capacity, about how much time would you be willing to devote to working on impeachment/removal?

In addition the asking respondents about their feelings about impeachment, we also asked about how much time folks have to dedicate to impeachment and which tactics are they willing to engage in. Support has grown since April, when we first asked this question. 35% of respondents said they had between 1 and 10 plus hours a week to work on impeachment. This is up by 8 percentage points (pp) from the last time we asked this question.

All respondents

May Survey

April Survey

Difference

No time

25%

45%

-20%

A few hours a month

41%

27%

14%

1-2 hours/week

25%

18%

7%

5-10 hours week

7%

6%

1%

More than 10 hours/week

3%

3%

0%

This is even more pronounced among group leaders and members. 49% of group leaders and members said they can dedicate between 1 and 10 plus hours a week to advocate for impeachment. This is up 20% points from April when we asked this question.

Group Leaders + Members Only

May Survey

April Survey

Difference

No time

17%

47%

-30%

A few hours a month

35%

24%

11%

1-2 hours/week

32%

18%

14%

5-10 hours week

12%

7%

5%

More than 10 hours/week

5%

4%

1%

What’s Next?

Indivisibles made their voice heard, and we’ll be sharing more on impeachment in the weeks ahead! Stay tuned for more updates on impeachment and opportunities for action at http://impeach.indivisible.org.