Maxine Waters Out Maxine’s Herself: This is Not a Joke
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) went on MSNBC and informed host Chris Hayes that “70% of women who have been polled said that they want Trump impeached.” The problem with that statistic is it doesn’t exist and she was not asked to prove it either.
It’s very easy to throw a statistic out there to support whatever you are arguing at the time. But if you are going to act as if it is carved in stone as the truth, you better hope no one goes looking for it if you are fibbing. And Maxine Waters was.
HAYES: I know that you substantively feel he has committed impeachable offenses.
WATERS: That’s right. That’s right.
HAYES: Are you not persuaded by the idea that it would be a tactical mistake politically [inaudible]?
WATERS: No, I’m not persuaded by that idea. Do you know why? Because I tell you, everywhere I go people are talking about – “Why can’t you all get rid of him? Why don’t they impeach him? What’s wrong with the other members of Congress? Why don’t they stand up with you? This man is dishonorable. He lies all the time. He’s a con man.” They say all of these things and I’m not just talking about my district. Whether I am on the airplane, I’m walking down the street in New York – wherever I am, I’m hearing it. And I’m told that 70% of women who have been polled say that they want him impeached.
Told by who exactly? Is that actually true? Not so much. The Daily Wire couldn’t find it anywhere and neither can I. Nowhere in a Google search was there a poll suggesting that “70% of women” want Trump impeached.
An October 2017 survey conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) found that 55% of women “favored” impeaching Trump. 572 registered voters participated in the poll, which had a margin of error of +/- 4.1%. But even that poll would no longer be valid and could have been skewed at the time it was taken.
A Morning Consult/Politico survey conducted in late-March found that 42% of women believe Congress “should begin impeachment proceedings to remove President Trump from office.” 74% of self-identified “Democratic women” said the same.
1,997 registered voters participated in the poll, which had a margin of error of +/- 2%. It should be noted that 74% of Democratic women is not the same as 70% of women at large. But I suspect this may be the number Waters was referring to.
An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey conducted between April 10-13 found that 49% of women would “definitely vote for … a candidate for Congress who wants to move to impeach President Trump.” 1,011 adults participated in the poll (827 of whom were registered voters), which had a margin of error of +/- 3.6 to 3.9%.
A November 2017 Quinnipiac survey asked participants:
“As you may know, President Trump has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, and is currently being sued by one of them in a defamation lawsuit. He has denied all of the accusations. If it is proven true that President Trump sexually harassed this or any other woman, do you think he should be impeached and removed from office or not?”
65% of women responded “yes” to that very specific impeachment question. Again, I feel that it was worded in a biased manner and you cannot depend on the sampling itself to be unbiased. A December 2017 PRRI survey found that “women are split over impeachment, with equal numbers supporting (48%) and opposing (48%) it.” Most women I know do not even think of impeachment – they consider it ridiculous and untenable.
Maxine Waters and her office won’t respond to inquiries about the statistic. Which figures because she was talking straight out of her a** and told a whopper of a lie.
Not surprising considering the source. Waters wants Trump’s impeachment at any cost and she won’t let a little thing like the truth get in the way. She reiterated her calls for impeachment, despite acknowledging that the Democratic Party does not want to make impeachment the core message of the midterm elections.
That’s not a position shared by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others in party leadership.