As The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti recently reported, support for impeaching Donald Trump seems to be falling in the aftermath of the dud that was Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s much-ballyhooed report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election:
A new study from ABC News and The Washington Post seems to substantiate a trend running across multiple polls taken since Special Counsel Robert Mueller released his report on collusion between the Trump administration and the Russian government (or lack thereof): far fewer people now say they support impeaching President Trump.
The Washington Post, reticent to describe the poll as “good news” for the president, noted that support for instituting impeachment proceedings has taken a “slight dip over the past month,” but there are significant changes, particularly among Democrats.
Overall, only 37% of voters across the board now support impeaching the president, down five points from January. But among Democrats, support for impeachment has dropped by double digits — 12% — since the Mueller report was published, down from nearly 75% of Democratic voters to 62%. “Independents,” who will be key to a Trump re-election victory, responded even better than Americans at large: only 36% now believe Trump should be impeached.
Now, the chairwoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is the group responsible for electing more Democrats to the U.S. House, is sounding the alarm herself on the need for Democrats to stop talking about impeachment. NPR reports:
If there’s one thing [Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)] says [voters] don’t usually ask about, it’s her thoughts on impeaching President Trump.
“We talk about different things here,” Bustos said in a recent interview with NPR in her district.
Bustos keeps tabs on the debate within her own party about how Democrats should respond to President Trump as part of her job as Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. But she says those aren’t the conversations that voters in critical districts really care about — and she’s telling vulnerable House freshmen the key to keeping their jobs is sticking to what really matter in their district.
“We can’t continue to stay focused on the outrage of the day. It is wearing people out,” Bustos said. “We’ve got to stay focused on making a difference in people’s lives. And if we do that, that’s how I think we’ll be successful.”
Bustos’ emphasis on the need for the increasingly intersectional, socialistic, far-left Democratic Party to return to bread-and-butter household issues is something that has also recently been echoed by labor unions — long a core Democratic voter and activist constituency. The Daily Wire recently reported, quoting the Associated Press:
Ardently liberal, pro-labor and anti-corporate cash, the field of Democrats running for president may look like a union activist’s dream. But some key labor leaders are starting to worry about the topics dominating the 2020 conversation.
The candidates are spending too much time talking about esoteric issues like the Senate filibuster and the composition of the Supreme Court and not enough time speaking the language of workers, several union officials said. Those ideas may excite progressive activists, they said, but they risk alienating working-class voters.
“They’ve got to pay attention to kitchen table economics,” said Ted Pappageorge, president of the Las Vegas Culinary Union that represents 60,000 hotel and casino workers. “We don’t quite see that.”