Donald Trump highlighted the results of a "poll" via Twitter last night, which was the sort of thing to bring tears to the eyes of those who take social-science methodology seriously. In this case, a right-wing website asked its right-wing readers whether they "stand with President Trump," and wouldn't you know it, nearly 98% of respondents sided with the Republican.
This, in Trump's mind, is apparently something to be proud of. Meanwhile, in reality, real polling is producing results the president doesn't want to see.
Late last week, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll found a plurality of Americans expressing support for congressional Democrats' decision to start an impeachment inquiry into Trump. A new CNN poll found very similar results.
As for Quinnipiac, just last week, it found 37% of Americans endorsing Trump's impeachment and removal from office, while 57% disagreed. The results are quite different now.
American voters are divided on impeaching and removing President Trump from office, 47 - 47 percent - closing a 20-point gap from less than a week ago, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. In the poll released on September 25th, voters said that the president should not be impeached and removed 57 - 37 percent. [...]
While voters are split on impeaching and removing President Trump from office, a slim majority of registered voters do approve of the impeachment inquiry opened by the U.S. House of Representatives 52 - 45 percent. Approval includes half of independents, who are split 50 - 45 percent on the inquiry.
Not surprisingly, there's an enormous gap among partisans -- the overwhelming majority of Democratic voters support impeachment and removal, while the overwhelming majority of Republican voters disagree -- but support has grown among Democrats, Republicans, and independents.
I put together the chart featured above to show the shift in public attitudes over the last several months.
Quinnipiac's data also found that a 56% majority believe Trump sees himself as above the law, while a 54% majority believe the president abuses the power of his office.