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 TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview 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 WatersPrivate insurance plays a critical part in home mortgage ecosystem On The Money: Lawmakers closing in on border deal | Dems build case for Trump tax returns | Trump, Xi won't meet before trade deadline | Waters in talks with Mnuchin for testimony Waters in talks with Mnuchin for testimony on lifting of sanctions on Russian firms MORE (Calif.) and Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Next 24 hours critical for stalled funding talks Democrat vows to move forward with impeachment, dividing his party Citing Virginia race scandals, Dem vows vote to impeach Trump 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 PelosiThe national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win 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