Swing state voters react to the House impeaching Trump

Martha Raddatz hits the road to see how voters in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania are reacting to impeachment on "This Week."
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So we So we had 198, 229, 198. We didn't lose one Republican vote, and three Democrats voted for us. The Republican party has never been so affronted, but they have never been so united as they are right now, ever. Never. There have been a lot of trump rallies, but this week's was historic. The same moment the house of representatives voted to impeach the president, he was on stage as if nothing had changed. Judging from the support in the arena that night, his base doesn't think so either, but they won't be the only ones deciding whether he gets a second term. So we drove back to Washington from that Michigan rally covering about 700 miles to talk to voters in three key states starting in the frigid cold of battle creek, Michigan. Reporter: It was about 10 degrees outside the trump rally, but the faithful lined up nevertheless, and the impending impeachment -- Oh, it's shameful. It's terrible. Why is it shameful? Because it's all made up, you know, they just want him out. They hate him. They have trump derangement syndrome. Reporter: And once inside, they heard everything they wanted to hear. Crazy Nancy Pelosi's house Democrats have branded themselves with an eternal mark of shame, and it really is a disgrace. The Democrats have taken the Michigan people for granted, but with us, you will never be forgotten again. Reporter: Trump won this state in 2016 by only 11,000 votes, and it is a must-win again in 2020. What do you think about the impeachment? I think he's getting railroaded. I think it's a terrible idea. It's obviously -- it's biased and I think it's political, and 50 years from now I think people are really going to look down upon it. Reporter: And at the river restaurant, there are already worries that impeachment just might give Michigan to trump I don't think this is going to help the democratic party. I really don't, in fact, I have great fear that the opposite is going to happen, but I don't think you have a choice when you look at the rules. You look at the constitution. I think it gives us a little bit more confidence in our government because, you know, if there's wrongdoing that's going on, and something has happened, they're held accountable. Do you think impeachment will change the race? He will twist it to his advantage any way he can. It will help him to solidify his base. It doesn't really feel like we're being impeached. Reporter: Nearly half the country would agree, or more to the point, don't care. Do you think it hurts the president? In the long run, no. This is just something he's just going to have to get through, and he will. Reporter: Our latest ABC news/ "Washington post" poll shows the divide over impeachment. 49% of Americans believe trump should be impeached and removed from office. 46% don't believe trump should be impeached. But while trump tries to solidify his own base, Democrats are trying to do the same. The morning after the rally in Detroit, Taylor Harrell is working to bring black voters back to the polls after turnout fell 14% from 2012 to 2016. What we have found is a lot of people didn't feel like their vote was going to count after the Obama era. They weren't sold on Hillary, and they definitely weren't voting for trump. Reporter: Harrell is the political director of mothering justice, a group focusing on registering women of color. How do you get the people who didn't vote last time, or found reasons not to vote, excited about 2020? I'm a firm believer in just meeting people where they are. You're going to door to door. You're knocking on doors and calling people. We're hosting town halls, civic engagement forums and talking about issues that women really care about because our organization particularly focuses on women, and moms of color. Reporter: South of Michigan is bellwether, Ohio, a state trump carried by 12 points in 2016. We stopped in the district of congressman Jim Jordan, one of the president's most vocal defenders. Some residents are so frustrated with politics, they avoid it altogether. Half my friends and family are for him, and the other half are not. So we rarely talk about politics among our groups. We are happier that way. Have you followed the the impeachment proceedings? Parts of it. I don't think that -- that the two sides whether you're Republican or Democrat, are doing what they should. Reporter: Down the road, at the presidential library of Rutherford B. Hayes, chuck Keller, a trump supporter, laughed off the hearings with echoes of Donald Trump's own words. On the impeachment, did you watch? I watched quite a bit of it. What did you think? I thought it was a joke. Do you think Ohio will go fully trump again? If you look at Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, those are democratic strongholds, but the rest of the heartland, the open areas, rural that I'm around, a lot of that is 100% trump area. Reporter: The next morning, we hit the suburbs of Pittsburgh in neighboring Pennsylvania which showed that same purple tint as Ohio's major cities, a balance of trump supporters, Democrats and independents who can determine trump's fate in November. Outside Lincoln bakery, we meet college student Jimmy hence. You are 19 years old. This will be your first presidential election. Correct. Yes. Who are you looking at? Trump. I'm a Republican. I have always grown up Republican. What policies do you like? I like his, um, the way he works with the economy, and how he produces jobs, keeps taxes low for the middle class which is what my family is. Reporter: Jamie mazzi backed Hillary Clinton in 2016, but is disheartened by the debate over impeachment. I think we need to come together, and we're so divided that it's sad. Reporter: Three critical states, all three reflecting the deep political division as we head into 2020.

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