President Bush

A new poll found nearly half of the American public favors impeaching President Bush.

The private American Research Group survey indicated 45 percent want the president impeached while 54 percent want the House to launch impeachment proceedings against Vice President Dick Cheney.

The breakdown of the 1,100 respondents, however, showed 38 percent were Democrats, 29 percent Republicans and 33 percent independents.

The poll indicated 69 percent of Democrats favored impeaching Bush while just 13 percent of Republicans showed support. Among independents, 50 percent wanted to impeach the president.

The study was based on telephone calls July 3-5. American Research Group said 933 of the people interviewed were registered voters.

With a simple majority vote, the House can impeach presidents and vice presidents for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Conviction and removal from office requires a two-thirds majority vote by the Senate.

Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson are the only two presidents to be impeached. Both were acquitted.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, introduced a resolution in April calling for Cheney to be impeached. It has nine co-sponsors but is not expected to advance.

The American Research Group survey also showed 64 percent of Americans disapprove of Bush’s decision to commute the 30-month prison sentence of former Cheney aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby in the Valerie Plame case.

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