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Liberals in Strange Places – The New York Times

Consider this measure of left-wing strength. Where was the highest percentage of support for Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate in 2016? Alaska and Montana rank in the top 10, beating New York and New Jersey.

Alaska and Montana also rank in the top 10 for visits to Daily Kos, a website popular among progressives. In fact, the current map of Google searches for impeaching President Trump almost perfectly matches the map of visits to Daily Kos.

On a range of measures, red states in the mountain region tend to have more liberal activists, relatively speaking, than blue states in the mid-Atlantic or the Midwest. Montana has a small percentage of Democrats (although one of them is the governor and another a senator) but a large percentage of liberal activists. Illinois has a large percentage of Democrats but a small percentage of liberal activists.

The comparatively high interest in impeachment in Western red states is not a sign of wide interest in impeachment. It is a sign of its narrow appeal, evidence that the desire to impeach the president hasn’t spread much beyond a core of activists.

There is further evidence that interest in impeaching the president may not be as high as some liberals suspect.

Just about every president gets some people riled up. It is easy to forget that many liberals also wanted to impeach President George W. Bush. In fact, the current search volume for impeaching Mr. Trump is lower than the search volume for impeaching Mr. Bush was in September 2005 after his mishandling of Hurricane Katrina. It is also lower than the search volume for impeaching Barack Obama in October 2013 during the government shutdown. Granted, these other presidents took longer to get there, but they, too, got people talking impeachment.

Over the next few months, we can follow both the various investigations concerning Mr. Trump and the search patterns of his fellow Americans. We will know that the…

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