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AEI Political Report—Impeachment actors: How the public views them; ordinary life of vegetarians, tattoos, and drinking

In this issue of AEI’s Political Report, we examine public views on the president, his actions in Ukraine, and impeaching and removing him and ratings of Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and Adam Schiff. We also look at some aspects of ordinary life including the percentage of vegetarians in the US, the number of tattoos people have, and how much and what Americans drink.

Impeachment actors

  • In a Fox News poll of registered voters, 47 percent had no confidence at all in Donald Trump, while 20 percent gave that response about Congress, and 29 percent about the media. When NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist pollsters asked about trust, 42 percent had no trust at all in the Trump administration, and 40 percent gave that response about the media.
  • Americans have had doubts about Donald Trump’s honesty since 2016. A third told the exit poll consortium that he was honest and trustworthy. In an October online Economist/YouGov poll, 32 percent gave that response. Half of Americans say they don’t like Trump personally and disapprove of many of his policies (NBC News/Wall Street Journal). In this poll, 38 percent said he had been honest and truthful about his actions in Ukraine.
  • In Quinnipiac’s October poll, two-thirds said his actions in Ukraine were not acceptable, and in a Fox News poll, 51 percent of registered voters said the actions were extremely or very troubling.
  • At the same time, however, around four in 10 called the impeachment inquiry a political witch hunt (Quinnipiac), 51 percent a legitimate investigation. And in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal, 44 percent said the latest allegations are more of the same politically motivated attacks (51 percent disagreed).
  • Favorable impressions of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are rising among registered voters in several surveys, while views of Mitch McConnell, less favorable overall, appear stuck. Also in Fox’s new poll, 40 percent never heard of or couldn’t say how they felt about Adam Schiff.  

Ordinary life

  • For the first installment of Political Report’s new feature on ordinary life, we look at how many Americans are vegetarians, how many tattoos Americans have, and how much and what Americans drink.
  • Five percent in Gallup’s latest survey say they consider themselves vegetarians. Eight percent of 18–34-year-olds give that response compared to 2 percent of those 55 and older. Liberals are more likely than conservatives (11 percent to 2 percent) to give this response.
  • In a new online survey, Ipsos reports that 30 percent have one or more tattoos, up from 21 percent in 2012. Forty percent of 18–34-year-olds have one or more.
  • Gallup reported recently that 65 percent of Americans drink, while 34 percent are total abstainers. Beer is the drink of choice, but Gallup notes a “broad trend” is increased preference for liquor. 

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