According to a new poll shows that 53% of Americans want Congress to impeach President Bush if he lied to get us into a war with Iraq.
The poll was commissioned by the grassroots coalition, AfterDowningStreet.org that supports a congressional investigation of the president’s decision that led to the Iraq invasion in 2003.
Zogby International was the organization conducting the poll. Zogby is a highly regarded, non-partisan, polling company. 1200 adult Americans participated in the polls.
The poll found that 53% agreed with the following statement:
"If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment."
Of the 1200 participants, 42% disagreed, and 5% said they didn't know or declined to answer. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 2.9%.
"These results are stunning," said AfterDowningStreet.org co-founder Bob Fertik and president of Democrats.com, "A clear majority of Americans now supports President Bush's impeachment if he lied about the war. This should send shock waves through the White House - and a wake-up call to Democrats and Republicans in Congress, who have sole power under the Constitution to impeach President Bush."
ImpeachPAC is Launched
In response to the latest poll results, Bob Fertik announced the creation of a new political action committee named ImpeachPAC, website at Impeachpac.org.
ImpeachPAC will support Democratic candidates who back the immediate and simultaneous impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney for lying to the American public about Iraq.
ImpeachPAC has set a goal of raising 0,000 through the Internet to prove to the White House, Congress, and the media that there is an intense grassroots support for impeachment as shown by the Zogby poll.
Impeachment Supported by Majorities of Many Groups
As expected, responses to the Zogby poll varied according to political party affiliation: 76% of Democrats favored impeachment, compared to 50% of Independents and 29% of Republicans.
Other factors such as age, sex, race, and religion affected varying responses. 70% of those 18-29 favored impeachment, 51% of those 31-49, 50% of those 50-64, and 42% of those over 65. 56% of women favored impeachment, compared to 49% of men. Among African Americans, 90% favored impeachment, compared to 67% of Hispanics, and 46% of whites.
Over 50% of Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and Others favored impeachment, while 49% of Protestants and 46% of Born Again Christians favored impeachment.
Majorities favoring impeachment by region included in the East (53%), West (56%), and Central states (58%), but not the South (43%). 58% in large cities support impeachment; 56% in small cities; 49% in suburbs and 46% in rural areas.
Support for Impeachment Has Surged Since June
The Zogby poll conducted June 27-29 of 905 likely voters found that 42% agreed and 50% disagreed with the identical statement asked about in this recent polling. This question was virtually identical to one used in early October by Ipsos Public Affairs, which found that 50% agreed and 44% disagreed that Congress should consider impeaching Bush if he did not tell the truth about his reasons for war.