The worst part of this?
Fox polling has been right in there with others showing Trump’s losing support…
President Trump’s troubles are deepening, according to several recent opinion polls that show rising public support for impeachment.
Those polls include one released Wednesday from Fox News that sent shock waves through Washington. It indicated 51 percent of voters support impeaching Trump and removing him from office.
Trump pushed back at that poll vigorously on Thursday, as did his campaign. But the broader fear among Trump loyalists is that Republican elected officials will begin to follow the trends in public opinion — and peel away from the president.
It’s a legitimate worry, according to some moderate Republicans.
Former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), who served two terms in Congress before being defeated last November, told The Hill, “Republicans are coming to the realization that this is different than the Mueller probe. This is a lot more radioactive. They are coming to terms with the fact that there is real political risk here for members in swing states and swing districts.”
Dissenting voices have been heard within the GOP since details first emerged of Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump pressed him to investigate former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has been the most prominent critic since then — and has incurred the wrath of the president. Trump has called Romney “pompous” and “a fool” on Twitter.
But the White House has also come in for criticism, even in Republican ranks, for being slow to settle on a single line of attack after Speaker Nancy Pelosi(D-Calif.) announced her backing for the impeachment push on Sep. 24.
The administration has sought to patch that vulnerability in recent days, assailing the effort as partisan and an attempt to undo the 2016 presidential election. Those were among the points raised in an open letter to top Democrats from White House counsel Pat Cipollone that was released on Tuesday.
But the damage has already been done, according to the polls.
An NPR-Marist poll released Thursday indicated that 52 percent of Americans back the impeachment inquiry, with 43 percent opposed. Independent voters had flipped within a few weeks from majority opposition to such an inquiry (50 percent to 44 percent) to majority support (54 percent to 41 percent).
Several other recent polls, from Ipsos, YouGov and Quinnipiac University, have shown rising support for impeachment. The Quinnipiac poll showed an outright majority (53 percent to 43 percent) supporting the inquiry and a sizable minority (45 percent) wanting Trump removed from office outright…
Conservative commentator George Will left the Republican Party when President Donald Trump took over, and in his Thursday column, he attacked the president for “frivolousness and stupidity.”
Writing in the Washington Post, Will recalled the times Trump complimented his own intelligence, saying “I’m a very stable genius” and that he has “a very good brain.” In reality, Trump is “spiraling downward in a tightening gyre,” said Will.