New poll a warning sign for Democrats on impeachment

As Democrats get ready to seize control of the House of Representatives, a new poll provides a warning sign to them on one of the biggest looming questions of next year: the possible impeachment of President Trump.

The survey by Monmouth University, finds that just 36 percent of Americans believe that Trump should be impeached and removed from office, compared to 59 percent who oppose the idea. What could make the issue particularly difficult to navigate is that impeachment is supported by 70 percent of self-identified Democrats while being opposed by 67 percent of independents.

Ideally, political leaders want to look for issues that unify their own party and split the opposition while appealing to swing voters. If I were to bet, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (or whoever else becomes speaker) would like to spend next year passing a flood of bills on economic issues such as raising the minimum wage where there is agreement among Democrats and generally positive polling among the broader public.