It is still unclear what the strategy was for the House leadership in rushing a vote on impeachment by Christmas despite a clearly incomplete case. The assumption is that the leadership wanted to be done by the Iowa caucuses and focus on winning public opinion rather than Senate vote. If so, like the impeachment, it was a demonstrative failure. The most recent polling shows little change in the view of voters on the removal of President Donald Trump. Moreover, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, roughly half (49%) of voters opposed removal while 46% favor removal. In other words, the impeachment left the country as it found it: divided into two equally outraged halves.
Other polls show Trump actually rising in the polls in key states like Pennsylvania.
Almost half of the country is now polling with favorable views of Trump’s performance. With the low ratings on the impeachment trial, the indication is that the impeachment did little to move the public outside of its siloed news sources and fixed views.