Trump’s long-running Russia troubles show no signs of letting up, and justifiably suspicious Americans show no signs of letting the matter go. According to a new poll, most Americans believe that President Donald Trump has done something unethical or illegal in his dealings with Russia.
The results come from a poll conducted by from NPR, PBS NewsHour, and the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.
One-quarter of Americans believe that Trump did something illegal in his dealings with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin. And almost 3 in 10 Americans believe that the president did something unethical, but not illegal. Only 36 percent believe that Trump has done nothing wrong.
The polling data also suggests that Americans are even more skeptical of Trump’s associates than they are of the president. When asked about Trump’s campaign associates, one-third of Americans said they believed that they had done something illegal. One-quarter of those polled said they believed that Trump’s campaign associates have done something unethical, but not illegal. Only 29 percent of those polled say that Trump’s campaign associates have done nothing wrong.
The poll highlights the sharp partisan divide in public perception. Most Republicans (73 percent) said they believed that Trump has done nothing wrong. Only 13 percent of Democrats expressed the same belief.
When it comes to Trump’s campaign associates, 85 percent of Democrats believe they did something illegal or unethical. Yet 62 percent of Republicans believe that Trump’s campaign associates have done nothing wrong.
Speaking about the results of the poll, Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, said:
“When it comes to Russia, the lenses of Democrats and Republicans have a very different tint.”
Similar polls have demonstrated that Americans are growing increasingly uncomfortable with the Russia-Trump nexus. A joint Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll from February, for instance, found that 38 percent of Americans considered Trump’s relationship to Putin too friendly and inappropriate — an increase of seven percent from December.
A CNN/ORC poll in March demonstrated that 55 percent of Americans were somewhat concerned or very concerned about ties between Russia and the Trump administration. The same poll found that 65 percent of Americans favored the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate those ties.
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