Pollster: People don't understand what impeachment means

Pollster Emily Ekin said Thursday that Americans have misconceptions about what impeachment actually means amid some Democrats' calls to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE.

"I think that people misunderstand what the word impeachment means," Ekin, the director of polling at the Cato Institute, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"From the moment Donald Trump was elected, before he even had a chance to do anything, people were ready to impeach him because they view it as 'well, can we have a do-over?' " she continued. 

Multiple Democratic lawmakers, including Reps. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersTrump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada On The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump MORE (Calif.) and Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenNew grounds for impeachment? House Dem says Trump deserves it for making society worse Sessions gets unexpected support - from a Democrat who wants to impeach Trump Impeachment will be at the top of Democrats' agenda if they take the House majority MORE (Texas), have moved to impeach the president over the objections of party leadership.

Green has moved twice to force votes on articles of impeachment in the House, motions which were both rejected. 

Republicans and Trump have used the threat of impeachment to galvanize GOP voter turnout ahead of the 2018 midterms. 

"We have to keep the House, because if we listen to Maxine Waters, she’s going around saying ‘We will impeach him,’ ” Trump said at a campaign rally in April. 

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiSinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act Internal RNC poll shows Pelosi is more popular than Trump: report Indicted lawmaker angers GOP with decision to run for reelection MORE (D-Calif.) issued a warning on campaigning on impeachment, saying it could backfire on Democrats. 

"I think it's a gift to the Republicans," Pelosi said in an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this month. 

"Because people really want to know how we will improve their lives. We don’t really know what [Robert] Mueller has. We have a responsibility, if we have information, to act upon it. But we don’t know what Mueller has. Republicans in the House have completely blocked any investigations — to a stupid extent, in my view," she added, referring to Mueller's probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's election meddling. 

— Julia Manchester