Majority of Americans favor Cheney impeachment

A new poll shows a slim majority in support of impeachment proceedings against the vice president, and a close split on impeachment of President Bush.

By Alex Koppelman

Published July 6, 2007 6:34PM (EDT)

A new poll out from American Research Group today: A slight majority is in favor of impeachment proceedings against Vice President Cheney, and the country is just about evenly split on impeachment proceedings for President Bush.

Fifty-four percent of all adults surveyed -- and 50 percent of voters -- favor "the US House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against" the vice president, according to the poll. Forty percent of all adults oppose, as do 44 percent of voters. When asked the same question about Bush, 45 percent of all adults surveyed, and 46 percent of voters, said they would favor proceedings. Forty-six percent and 44 percent, respectively, were opposed. The survey's margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Over at Time's Swampland blog, Ana Marie Cox has already done some digging for some stats that seem quite relevant for comparison purposes: the polls about the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. Her data shows, before impeachment, an average of 26 percent support for impeachment and removal of Clinton and 36 percent support for hearings.

The public's apparent support for impeachment doesn't seem to have caught on with Congress yet -- Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, submitted articles of impeachment to the House in April. Those articles, so far, have attracted only nine co-sponsors.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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