CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said he doesn't believe his network's own poll that showed Democratic support for impeachment dropped by 13%. From Tuesday's broadcast of CNN 'New Day' featuring David Chalian, the network's political director.
"What do I know, I thought Hillary Clinton was going to win in 2016," Toobin said later in the segment.
JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: if you are a Democrat and you need to fundraise, as all these people do, it's going to be very tough to fundraise if you vote against impeachment.
And Mike Bloomberg, in addition, has said he's going to spend $10 million independently to protect Democrats in swing districts who voted for the president -- who voted for impeachment.
ALISYN CAMEROTA, CNN 'NEW DAY' HOST: OK. So, David, give us a read on where the polls are right now with impeachment because, you told us earlier, that the support has softened a little bit among Democrats.
DAVID CHALIAN, CNN POLITICAL DIRECTOR: Yes. I mean John showed the numbers. This is a country divided on this, 45 percent support impeachment and removal, 47 percent are opposed. But if you do look at -- by party, Alisyn, you're right, you see a decline from our last poll from Democratic support from 90 percent down to 77 percent. You see independents holding roughly steady, they're in a slight decline among Republicans.
I would just note that that November poll was taken right on the heels of that House Intelligence Committee hearings, all the public evidence being put forth to the American people, and probably, because of how damning the evidence is, Democrats probably were at their most enthused, engaged and in supportive mode of impeachment.
In the weeks since then, it's been much more political warfare. But -- but let's be clear, overwhelmingly Democrats are supporting this. Overwhelmingly Republicans are opposed.
TOOBIN: Can I just say to my twin brother that I don't believe that poll for one second.
CAMEROTA: What part don't you believe?
TOOBIN: The 90 to 77 percent. I, you know, it's just I don't believe it. Like, it makes no sense that that number would change like that.
CAMEROTA: You don't believe that?
CHALIAN: Well, it's a subset -- it's a subset of the poll. The margin of error when you look at just Democrats is like 6.7 percent in here. It's not a wild swing, it's just where the movement is in the poll. I don't know what's not to believe. That's what, you know, you call people up on the telephone, you get their information, you pump out a survey. This is what those that we polled told us.
TOOBIN: I get it, but, I mean, you know, life mean -- life has shown us that polls are sometimes wrong. And, David, that poll is wrong. Just because I said so, OK?
CAMEROTA: Wow. Wow.
BERMAN: Look -- look it does -- we don't know why necessarily. It --
TOOBIN: Just -- I know, I'm just --
POWERS: Well, I mean I think --
BERMAN: It could be that some -- go ahead.
POWERS: Well, so I think one of the reasons that I had this -- a similar reaction in the sense that it doesn't -- if you dig down deeper, there really isn't an explanation. So -- because the initial thing, when you'd think, well, they -- maybe they've changed their mind because they think it's going to hurt Democrats during the election, but that's actually not true. Only 13 percent of them said that they thought that this would help Donald Trump.
So the question why would they suddenly have dropped? Now, it's true what David said, it's still a lot of Democrats supporting impeachment, but it's -- there is a question and the only answer I could think of is maybe they're fatigued, right? I mean I don't know. So I'm not going to go as far as Jeffrey as telling David that his poll is wrong.
TOOBIN: What -- what do I know, I thought Hillary Clinton was going to win in 2016. So, you know.