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Poll: 68 percent of Republicans say Obama should be impeached

But most Democrats favored impeachment of President George W. Bush in 2007.

President Barack Obama
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A poll by YouGov for the Huffington Post finds that 35 percent of Americans think that Congress would be justified in beginning impeachment proceedings against President Obama; 44 percent said no and 21 percent were not sure.

Big surprise: The partisan divide was huge. Sixty-eight percent of Repubs said yes; just 9 percent of Dems said so.

The next surprise: When Gallup asked the same question about President George W. Bush in 2007, 54 percent of Dems said yes, Congress would be justified in beginning impeachment proceedings. Just 9 percent of Repubs agreed.

The third shoe: In 1998, the House actually did impeach President Bill Clinton. (The Senate, of course, did not remove him from office.) A 2001 ABC/WashPost poll found that 77 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of independents, but only 17 percent of Democrats, thought the impeachment had been justified.

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