Focus group results suggest swing voters aren’t convinced by Pelosi’s impeachment effort

November 19, 2019

It’s House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s worst nightmare…that voters won’t buy her party’s impeachment effort against President Donald Trump. In September, she went against her better judgment and risked it all, moving forward with a formal impeachment inquiry. But it may not be having the impact Democrats are hoping for.

Working with focus groups in nine different states across the country, a pro-Trump PAC has found that swing voters are not convinced Trump should be impeached, Breitbart News exclusively reported on Monday.

Breitbart reviewed video of the focus groups, which came from some 18 groups with more than 30 hours of footage from independents and swing voters in Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. One group in Pittsburgh was held after public impeachment hearings began on Capitol Hill last week.

Focus group shows impeachment faltering

House Democrats began public hearings last Tuesday to make their case against the president in televised, dramatic fashion, hoping to sway independent and moderate voters. But as witnesses have stepped forward, many viewers have been left with the impression that the Democrats’ sensational narrative about Trump “bribing” Ukraine does not match the hours of complicated and often boring policy chatter that have played out on screen.

Focus group data gathered by a pro-Trump super PAC, America First Policies, paints a more complicated picture of how moderates feel about the president than Democrats would probably like to admit. While several expressed qualms with Trump’s personality and Twitter habits, none — including participants in the Pittsburgh, PA group held after impeachment hearings began last week — agreed that Trump should be impeached.

“I’m not a Trump supporter by any means, but I totally disagree with what they’re doing. I know he’s not perfect, but by the same coin he’s right there and he tells you how it is. I don’t agree with all of the things. But at least he’s trying to do things,” said one woman in the Pittsburgh group, according to video that Breitbart reviewed.

What’s more, several described Trump as a “renegade” or “fighter” and praised him for trying to do something for the good of the country. On the other hand, many expressed frustration that Democrats are too focused on impeachment over policy — that they should “get back to doing what they’re supposed to be doing, passing laws,” as one North Carolina woman put it — and speculated that Democrats are just impeaching Trump because they’re afraid they can’t beat him at the ballot box.

“I think it shows a weakness, or a lack of confidence, in the Democrat field and concern that their eventual candidate can’t beat Donald Trump. Otherwise, why would you be doing this a year out from the election?” said one man.

Public not changing mind on impeachment

Several participants said that the process is a waste of time and taxpayer money, especially since Trump will likely not be removed from office anyway, thanks to the GOP-controlled Senate.  While some said that they support the inquiry itself, even those participants disagreed that Trump should be impeached and removed from office.

One man who said that Trump is “arrogant” nevertheless criticized the Democrats for “hiding” something by seeking to keep the whistleblower in the shadows:

When the news of this first broke, I was sitting there thinking okay these are conversations that mostly went on and then you step back and look what they are—from what media outlet—and you go, okay, his personality is arrogant. We’ve all seen him say something stupid. However, on the flip side of that, all this secrecy—the smoke and mirrors—the unwillingness to unmask the whistleblower out of fears of safety. Come on. What are you hiding?

The focus groups also found that many independents disapproved of leading contenders in the Democratic primary race, with a common theme being that they are too far to the left. Wes Anderson, a pollster for the focus groups, told Politico that they screened out committed Trump voters and committed Democrats.

All of this comes as an NPR poll found that independents are roughly evenly split on impeachment and that the public has its mind made up despite the last week of hearings. It looks like many Americans don’t agree with Pelosi that Trump is “worse than Nixon.”

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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.