In a game of "Would You Rather" prior to the 2016 election, the impeachment of the president of the United States probably wasn't a choice many Democrats would make, especially over giving up a vice like alcohol. And yet a recent poll found that the majority of Democrats would give up drinking for President Trump's impeachment.
Detox.net, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation group, surveyed more than 1,000 people who have had a drink within the last year and found that 73 percent of the Democrats surveyed would rather see President Donald Trump impeached tomorrow and give up alcohol forever than take a drink and allow him to continue his term. Only 17 percent of Republicans answered the same way.
In another question, about 31 percent of Republicans admitted they would give up alcohol forever if "the media stopped writing negative things about President Trump," whereas only 6 percent of Democrats would do the same. Of the 1,013 respondents, 21 percent identified as Republicans, 43 percent identified as Democrats, and 36 identified as other.
Detox.net also asked some nonpolitical questions, like would if they'd give up social media and be able to drink (50 percent would), or if they'd give up alcohol if it meant the world would discover a cure for cancer (93 percent of men and 95 percent of women would.)
President Trump's approval rating is at 40 percent, according to the most recent Gallup poll from July 11. According to Gallup, his highest approval rating came just three days after his inauguration, at 45 percent. His disapproval rating is currently at 55 percent.
For the Democrats hoping for a Trump impeachment, the ball is at least rolling, since Rep. Brad Sherman formally introduced an article of impeachment against the president. The article accuses Trump of obstruction of justice during the Russian interference investigation by firing FBI Director James Comey. Included in the impeachment article is the backup that Comey alleges Trump asked him to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Trump has denied this.
Seeing how impeachment requires a majority vote, and that the the House of Representatives is controlled by a Republican majority, the chances of impeachment moving forward are slim to none. The Hill also notes that so far only one Democrat, Rep. Al Green, has supported Sherman's call for impeachment. But it's certainly an act of defiance against the sitting president by a member of Congress.
While formal impeachment doesn't look like its in the cards anytime soon, the Democrats willing to trade alcohol for Trump will just have to wait and grab a cocktail for now.