Over one-third of independent voters are not paying any attention to the impeachment hearings, results from a new poll have revealed.
According to a new Reuters/Ipsos survey, 36 percent of independent voters reported that they have not watched, read, or heard anything about the impeachment proceedings presently going on in the House of Representatives.
Of the 64 percent of independent voters who reported having followed some the impeachment hearings, 30 percent said they had read or listened to summaries on the news while just 19 percent said they had actually watched them. The last 17 percent reported having watched or listened to news summaries.
Despite the poll showing that a clear majority of independent voters are paying attention to the impeachment proceedings, it also shows that they’re much less engaged than other demographic groups.
Unsurprisingly, the poll revealed that Democrat voters were paying the closest attention of any demographic group, with 35 percent watching or listening to the hearings. That, compared to just 26 percent of Republicans who said the same.
As you would expect, more Democrat voters watched, listened to, or read about the hearings than did Republican and independent voters.
Numbers like these spell terrible news for the Democrats, who most certainly believe that holding the hearings in the first place would persuade both the American public and conservatives in the Senate to support Trump’s removal from power.
Conversely, the numbers could be good news for Republicans, who by in large don’t believe that the American people care enough about the grounds upon which the impeachment was launched to even pay attention to the hearings.
One official in the Trump administration has been quoting saying, “So long as this impeachment stays in the echo chamber of hyperpartisan Democrats and their allies in the media and doesn’t breakthrough into the country … we have the advantage.”
The Reuters/Ipsos poll, conducted on the 14th and 15th of November, sampled 1,115 adults who were 18 years or older. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.