A newly released poll shows that seven out of ten Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia — and they think he’s trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections.
The survey, conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, also shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans —68 percent— disapprove of his response to the investigations led by Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller.
Most people believe Trump is trying to obstruct the criminal probe, which have resulted in charges against four of his campaign advisers and increasingly appear focused on the president’s inner circle.
There are significant partisan divisions, with Democrats far more likely than Republicans to be concerned about Trump’s actions or to feel invested in what the probes uncover.
Debra Nanez in Arizona said that she believes Trump broke the law and has been lying to the American people.
“If you go back and do a rewind, you say, ‘Yep, he’s guilty.’ He’s lied so badly to us from the beginning until now. He was involved in it. He knew what was going on,” said Nanez, 65, who doesn’t affiliate with a political party.
But Mary Ruth Stephenson, 83, of Kentucky says she’s not yet sure whether Trump has broken the law.
“Unethical, yes. I mean the whole picture of that man is unethical. Illegal? I’ll just have to hold that in abeyance until I find out more about what went down,” said Stephenson, a registered Republican who says she’s unhappy with the current GOP.
Both Nanez and Stephenson, like 63 percent of Americans, say Trump has tried to impede or obstruct the investigations into whether his campaign had Russian ties. According to the survey, 86 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of independents and 34 percent of Republicans agree.
The AP-NORC poll surveyed 1,020 adults from Dec. 7-11 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.