A slim majority of Americans favor an independent investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties with the Russian government, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that showed public views about the controversy driving congressional investigations are sharply divided along party lines.
Amid questions swirling in Washington that have forced the resignation of one top Trump official and the scrutiny of several others, most Americans say they’re at least somewhat concerned about the possibility that the Republican businessman’s campaign had inappropriate contacts with the Russian government, but less than half say they’re very concerned.
More than three-quarters of Democrats favor an independent investigation into Trump’s Russian ties while only one-quarter of Republicans do. Overall, 52% of Americans favor such a probe, while 23% are opposed. Another 22% say they neither favor nor oppose an investigation. Asked if they favor an independent investigation into the issue of Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 campaign, Americans broke along similar margins.