Fewer than one in five overall regard the Nixon and Clinton impeachments as a “type of coup,” a claim that has been made about the current proceedings by the president himself. Three-quarters of Republicans agree with Trump, while a similar share of Democrats don’t, and independents are divided, as they are on the question of fairness.
Perhaps because of the claim by the president and some of his supporters about the current investigation, many Republicans look back on the Nixon inquiry similarly to how they view the current one. As many Republicans think the Nixon impeachment was a “type of coup” (35%) as disagree (36%). However, neither a majority of Republicans (14%) nor a majority of Democrats (25%) look on the Clinton impeachment as a “type of coup.”