The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with Trump’s statement in a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives before the vote: “This impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat lawmakers unequaled in nearly two-and-a-half centuries of American legislative history.” (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Voters appear to give President Trump a slight edge in the war of words over impeachment. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with Trump’s statement in a letter to the U.S.
Impeachment isn’t shaping up as the most critical issue in next year’s elections, and voters still tend to think President Trump’s removal from office would hurt the economy. Democrats, of course, disagree.
A Tory Triumph in Britain
Boris Johnson benefits from taking voters at their word on Brexit.
British voters sent a message to its reluctant politicians, to Europe and around the world Thursday by delivering Boris Johnson’s Tories a thorough and historic victory. The Conservatives won 364 of the 650 seats in Parliament, with one more still to be decided, their biggest majority since the sainted Margaret Thatcher era.
This paves the way for Britain’s divorce from the European Union that voters first backed in June 2016. That goal has been stymied by feckless leadership and elite opposition in Parliament, but Mr. Johnson promised to “get Brexit done” after becoming Prime Minister this year and voters seem to have rewarded him for it.
The Tories gained seats even in parts of the country that have backed the opposition Labour Party for decades. This more than compensated for the departure elsewhere of voters who abandoned Mr. Johnson’s Conservatives in favor of pro-EU parties such as the center-left Liberal Democrats.
This vindicates Mr. Johnson’s gamble on throwing the Brexit question back to the voters by seeking a mandate for his revised deal with Brussels. Plenty of anti-Brexit politicians and commentators have argued since the 2016 referendum that the voters had been misinformed about Brexit, or hadn’t fully thought through the issue, or don’t want the specific type of Brexit Mr. Johnson proposes, or have changed their minds. Mr. Johnson took voters at their word that they wanted Brexit then and still want it now, and he was willing to buck the London intelligentsia in the bargain.