A survey conducted by the American Research Group of a random sample of Americans found that 45 percent support the impeachment of President Bush, with 46 percent opposed, and a 54-40 split in favor when it comes to Darth Cheney – when asked:
Do you favor or oppose the US House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush/Vice President Dick Cheney?
The phone survey, while appearing to have been conducted appropriately and professionally, has one major flaw in its design that prevents me from putting too much weight into it. It takes for granted that the respondents all understood the constitutional grounds for impeachment. In order to impeach the president he has to be found guilty of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors” by the House of Representatives. The Senate must then vote to remove him from office by a two-thirds majority vote.
If any of the respondents in the survey said they supported impeachment just because they believe Bush is an ineffective or incompetent leader then the numbers are inflated.
Remember that before the Iraq War the president was enjoying high-altitude approval ratings and even helped his party win seats in the 2002 and 2004 elections on the road to complete GOP dominance. It is that issue alone that has turned so many against him. And while I certainly believe Bush and his cohorts have badly mishandled the ongoing occupation, I don’t think we should be talking about impeachment, especially when very few congressional Democrats believe it’s worth the effort.