Nearly two-thirds of voters think Trump committed crimes before taking office, poll finds – USA TODAY
A new poll may not favor impeaching President Trump but that doesn’t mean there aren’t concerns from American voters. Veuer’s Justin Kircher has the story.
One the first polls conductedÂ since President Donald Trump’s former attorney implicated him in illegal activity was releasedÂ Tuesday, and most of the results were not very good for the president.Â
A poll from Quinnipiac University National found 64 percent of American voters believe Trump committedÂ crimes before assuming office, while 24 percent did not believe that he had (another 13 percent said they weren’t sure.)Â Forty-five percent said theyÂ think TrumpÂ committedÂ crimes since taking office compared to 43 percent who think he did not.
The numbers among Republicans were better for the president, with a third saying they believe he committed crimes before taking office and 48 percent saying heÂ did not. Only 12 percent of Republicans said Trump had committed crimes since taking office while 79 percent did not.Â
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Trump’s former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen â already convicted of lying to Congress â provided members of Congress explosive testimony on February 27, when he accused Trump of being part of a criminal conspiracy.Â
However, justÂ 44 percent of respondents believedÂ Cohen told the truth in his testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. But half of them said they believed Cohen over Trump. Fifty-eight percent said Congress should do more to investigate Cohen’s allegations.Â
“When two-thirds of voters think you have committed a crime in your past life, and almost half of voters say it’s a tossup over whether you committed a crime while in the Oval Office, confidence in your overall integrity is very shaky,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.Â “Add to that, Michael Cohen, a known liar headed to the big house, has more credibility than the leader of the free world.”Â
Only 30 percent of voters said they believe the president is honest, although two-thirds of Republicans still said he is trustworthy (95 percent of Democrats disagreed). Twenty-twoÂ percent of voters said they consider Trump to be a good role model for children compared with 54 percent of Republicans who said they do think he is a good role model.Â
The good news for the president: despite high numbers of voters saying they suspect him of illegal activity, only 35 percent said Congress should begin impeachment proceedings, while 59 percent said it should not.Â
Overall, the poll found Trump’s job approval rating among voters was at 38 percent withÂ 56 percent of voters saying they disapproved of his performance. That number stoodÂ in contrast to other recent polls that had placed the president’s approval rating in the mid-to-low 40s.
On Sunday,Â an NBC News/Wall Street pollÂ â much of which was conducted before Cohen testified â had his approval rating at 46 percent. And his RealClearPolitics average was at 44.4 percent, a mark it had only surpassed once since March 2017.Â
It is too early to tell if the Quinnipiac poll â Â which tends to find Trump’sÂ approvalÂ rating lowerÂ thanÂ his polling averageÂ âÂ is an outlier or a signal that Cohen’s testimony is having an impact.
Trump’s approval rating in the poll mirrored that of congressional Democrats. Thirty-eight percent of voters said they approved of the job Democrats are doing and 56 percent said they disapproved. Congressional Republicans had a 27 percent approval rating while 66 percent said they disapproved of the job they were doing.Â
The poll was conducted from March 1-4 from amongÂ 1,120 voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.Â
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