When you dive into the data, shockingly little has changed in the political landscape four months after Speaker Pelosi launched the inquiry of President Trump, Stef Kight reports.
- All holding steady: Trump's national approval numbers ... public support for his removal ... Joe Biden's place as the Democratic primary frontrunner.
What hasn't changed: The American public is still split over whether Trump should be removed, just like in September.
- Support for removing Trump has inched up, but not dramatically, according to CNN-SSRS polling.
- In September, 47% of Americans wanted Trump to be impeached and removed from office, with 45% opposed.
- This week, 51% said he should be convicted and removed, with 45% opposed.
Trump approval still hovers around 42%— one of the lowest, but most consistent approval streaks of any recent president, according to FiveThirtyEight data.
- By contrast, Bill Clinton's approval ratings shot up from the 60% range in early 1998 to 73% during his impeachment in December, 1998, according to Gallup.
Biden remains the 2020 Democrat to beat in national polls, despite early concern that Trump's unsubstantiated allegations involving Biden's son and Ukraine would prove damaging.
- Beyond one spike in national interest when the House voted to impeach Trump, the general public has had relatively little interest in searching online for updates or news about impeachment, according to Google Trends.
The bottom line: The public — and the parties — are so dug in on Trump that even impeachment hasn't been a tipping point.