After watching the first public impeachment hearing, I tried to gauge what Americans thought about it.
No easy task. Both political parties are deeply entrenched in their views about Trump extorting the Ukraine for personal political benefit.
Related: Ratings for 1st Impeachment Hearings Show Healthy Intertest and a Serious Partisan Divide
I found a video of eight undecided voters in Wisconsin who watched the hearing, along with a reporter. In a Q-and-A afterward, one thing became apparent... they were equally divided on the impact of the hearing.
They all did agree on wanting to see more evidence before they made up their minds before deciding if Trump is guilty as charged. I've questioned numerous friends and family about their impression of the hearing, and again got mixed results.
The Republican Party, and the Democratic Party, have both made up their mind's about Trump's corruption. That's a fact. Convincing undecided Americans is going to be a challenge for both parties in this polarized country.
The good news is there are a lot of voters who haven't made up their minds yet about impeaching Trump.
It's instructive to know that a majority of Americans think Trump has ties to Russia, and coordinated with them to win the 2016 election.
A Reuter's/IPSOS poll reveals that 8-out-of-10 Americans believe the Trump campaign had ties to Moscow.
Knowing this, is it safe to assume those same Americans will see Trump's attempt at holding the Ukraine hostage as impeachable? I'd like to think so, but you never know.
Which brings me to today's public hearing with former Ukraine Ambassador, Maria Yavonovitch. The same format as the first hearing will be used.
The bigger battle lies ahead, as both sides go about messaging.
A footnote: This poll notes an upward swing of Independent voters who want Trump Impeached and kicked out of office, even more than just being impeached.
Time for me to walk on down the road...