House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has charged ahead with impeachment without regard to how voters may respond in 2020, and it’s backfiring in a way that has the potential to end her reign as her party’s leader.
A poll conducted by NMB Research in select swing districts found that voters aren’t thrilled with their representatives who voted to impeach President Trump.
Because of this, the 2020 election could see a wave of red-state Democrats tossed from office for capitulating to House leadership rather than voting in a manner more representative of their base.
Impeachment spells trouble
According to an American Action Network survey conducted by NMB Research, voters in several swing districts registered disapproval of their representatives’ support for impeachment.
Democrats won several seats in 2018 in districts President Trump won in 2016. Voters in those areas are clearly having buyers remorse, and now Republicans are targeting those seats in a bid to regain the House majority.
The survey also found that “Constituents remain opposed to impeaching the President by large majorities – in all cases, they oppose impeaching Trump by a margin wider than their vote to elect President Trump in the first place.”
The districts included in the survey were New York’s 22nd Congressional District, South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, and New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, seats currently held by Reps. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY), Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM), and Joe Cunningham (D-SC), respectively.
Brindisi saw 53% of his constituents take a less favorable view of his performance after his vote for impeachment, and Cunningham and Torres Small saw similar drops in popularity with their constituents after voting for impeachment.
Poll results cannot be relied on as the gospel truth, but they do establish trends. In this case, the trajectory seems to show that Democrats have a significant reason to worry about the upcoming election.
Republicans ready to take the House
Republicans smell blood in the water and are ready to fight for the majority. Representative Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) said, “I think we’re going to get a lot of those seats back and take back the House in 2020.”
Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure: Nancy Pelosi may have doomed her own leadership position by doubling down on an impeachment effort that is increasingly alienating voters.
The radical wing of the Democrat Party was committed to impeachment by any means necessary. Those means apparently also included sacrificing the support of the party’s voter base.