WASHINGTON — Most Americans want House Democrats to try to find areas of consensus with President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans in the next Congress rather than making impeachment a priority, according to a poll released Friday.
The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 68 percent of the respondents said they want the new Democratic majority to seek common ground with the president and congressional Republicans, compared with 26 percent who said they want Democrats to make impeachment a priority.
The sampling included 1,000 likely voters and was conducted on Wednesday. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Democrats won 225 House seats in Tuesday’s mid-term elections. Republicans won 200 House seats. At least 10 races have yet to be called. Democrats are expected to expand their majority when all the votes are counted.
Republicans have controlled the House since 2011.
The GOP held on to its majority in the Senate and could occupy as many as 54 seats when all the votes are counted.
Since Trump assumed office in January 2017, several Democrats from time to time have called for the president to be impeached. They include Reps. Al Green of Texas and Maxine Waters of California.
But most Democrats have steered clear of impeachment talk. They instead focus on protecting the integrity of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into potential collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is considered likely to become the next speaker, has said Democrats will use subpoena power when necessary but hope to find common ground with the White House and Senate Republicans.
A president could be impeached by a simple majority vote in the House but cannot be removed from office unless two-thirds of the Senate votes to convict.