The findings of a new ABC News / Washington Post poll may not be overly surprising, but it’s worth noting given one of the voting blocs in 2016 that helped sweep Donald Trump into office. According to a national survey of American voters, 57 percent of women want Congress to begin impeachment proceedings. Overall, the poll showed, 49 percent of respondents indicated they would like to see Trump impeached now, compared to 46 percent who did not. Among men, just 40 percent of respondents want to see Trump impeached.
One of the most striking figures to come out of the poll is shift that’s been taking place among college educated white women since early in Trump’s presidency, a constituency that former White House adviser Steve Bannon recently said is “triggered” by Trump. In April of 2017, 40 percent of college educated white women who participated in the ABC / Washington Post poll approved of Trump’s job performance. Fewer than 18 months later, that number has plunged to just 23 percent. And the number of college educated white women who disapprove has skyrocketed to 75 percent, according to the poll — up from 55 percent in April 2017. The survey showed a significant gender gap when it comes to Trump’s overall approval rating, which is 12 points lower among women than men.
The poll also surveyed voters on a number of other issues including voters attitudes toward the probe being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Michael Cohen’s guilty plea to campaign finance violations and whether or not Americans would support Trump firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.