A majority of U.S. voters view the impeachment of President Trump as an “abuse of power” by the Democrats, according to a new Rasmussen poll.
The poll data released on Friday reveals that 51% of voters agree with Trump’s statement in a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives before the vote earlier this week that, “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.”
Meanwhile, 40% disagreed.
Notably, Rasmussen did not identify President Trump as the source of the statement when asking the question.
Another question Rasmussen asked was whether voters agreed with a statement made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that, “Our democracy is what is at stake. … The president has engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections.”
Voters were more divided on this question, as 48% agreed and 46% disagreed with Pelosi’s statement.
She was also not identified as the source of the quote.
The Democrats have made one thing clear: the impeachment vote was about preventing Trump from winning a second term, not about upholding the law.
Despite their efforts, President Trump leads his 2020 Democratic rivals in the polls.
The Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was conducted Dec. 18-19 and has a margin sampling error of 3 percentage points.