Media narrative pieces typically focus on how Democrats failed to “win over” Republicans on impeachment. These narratives typically also accuse Republicans of living in bad faith echo chambers. But forget Republicans. That one was never going to happen.
The Dems are losing independent voters.
A new national survey finds independent voters leading a sharp swing in opposition to impeachment, the second major poll to produce those findings this week.
The latest national poll from Emerson University finds 45 percent oppose impeaching President Trump, against 43 percent who support it. That’s a 6-point swing in support from October, when 48 percent of voters supported impeachment and only 44 percent opposed.
More importantly, the poll shows more independents now oppose impeachment than support it, a significant change from Emerson’s polling in October. The new poll found 49 percent oppose impeachment compared to 34 percent who support it. In October, 48 percent of independents supported impeachment, against 39 percent who opposed.
Since October, Emerson has found Trump’s job approval rating jump by 5 points, from 43 percent to 48 percent.
The televised hearings have been an utter disaster because the media built up expectations with its narratives and failed to deliver on them.
Pelosi’s refusal to go right to impeachment and the media’s eagerness to air something had people tuning in to confusing and boring committee hearings without hearing anything of substance. Independent voters, already likely to be skeptical, began swinging the other way.
The Dems now have a choice between doubling down or abandoning ship and Schiff. Since their donors won’t let them do the latter, the show must go on.