Big news this week from WorldNetDaily, America's pre-eminent source of far-right fringe theories and weird scams: about half of America would like to see Obama impeached, including a lot of Democrats. Yeah, sure, you may have heard that Obama's overall approval ratings have held steady after this past week of scandal reporting, but look between the lines, dude. Unskew the numbers, maaaaan!
“It may be early in the process for members of Congress to start planning for impeachment of Barack Obama, but the American public is building a serious appetite for it,” said Fritz Wenzel, of Wenzel Strategies, which did the telephone poll Thursday. It has a margin of error of 4.36 percent.
“Half or nearly half of those surveyed said they believed Obama should be impeached for the trifecta of scandals now consuming Washington.”
Actually, on the issue of the Benghazi scandal, where four Americans were killed when in what may have been a politically motivated series of moves, a surging danger to Americans at the foreign service facility there was ignored until al-Qaida-linked terrorists attacked, 50.1 percent of Americans said Obama should be impeached. That included 27.6 percent of the responding Democrats.
Similar numbers are reported using the ongoing IRS inquiry and the Department of Justice's seizure of phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors.
Of course, the wording of the poll questions could be described as "leading," if we're being really, really charitable. Here's one: "The administration of Democrat Barack Obama has still not satisfied congressional and media questions about just what it knew and when it knew it about the terrorist attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, last September 11. That attack killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. The Obama administration has changed its explanation of that attack several times since and has so far refused to identify those officials who made key decisions not to send help to stop the attacks, and who decided not to initially call the killings a terrorist attack. Knowing that and anything else you may be aware of about this issue, do you agree or disagree that President Obama should be impeached over his handling of this situation?"
Back in February, HuffPost Pollster's Emily Swanson dove deeply into the way poll respondents frequently use the idea of "impeachment" as a catch-all way of expressing disapproval, and found that "simply asking whether people support or oppose it may produce results that overstate their support." Using three different methodologies, Swanson demonstrated that depending on how the question is asked, support for impeachment varies considerably.
But more importantly, how reliable is Wenzel Strategies? That's like asking, "How reliable are these six meth-tweakers I found in a mud hole, handed a pile of tin cans and a calculator, and told that they were now a polling organization?" But don't take my word for it, let's go to the scoreboard:
So, the bottom line is that if Wenzel Strategies says that things are looking up for you, you are probably lying unconscious behind the abandoned bowling alley.
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