Nearly half of Americans think Trump worked with Putin to win presidency

November 6, 2017

Just 30% of Americans believe that the alleged wrongdoing in the 2016 Trump campaign ended with the three campaign workers who were charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week—and about half (49%) of respondents to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll suspect that President Donald Trump, himself, broke the law, the news organizations reported on November 2.

The poll found substantial support for the Mueller investigation, with 58% of respondents approving of how the special counsel is handling it; and more—68% —approving of the filing of federal charges against Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his associate Rick Gates. Both pleaded not guilty in a federal court on October 30.

In addition, Mueller’s team revealed on October 30 that George Papadopoulos, a  former campaign foreign policy adviser, had been cooperating with them for several months, after pleading guilty to charges of perjury in his interviews about the campaign.

While about half of respondents said that Trump was involved in the criminal activity; 19% said they believe that their opinion is supported by evidence, while 30% said it’s only their suspicion. Forty-four percent said they doubt that Trump committed a crime.

Moreover, just 37% think Trump is cooperating with the investigation, A majority (51%) of respondents said that he is not cooperating; another sizable share (12%) have no opinion.

Trump’s core supporters, however, remain overwhelmingly in his favor. Among those who voted for him last year, only  6% suspect him of law-breaking in the campaign. They say that the president’s repeated claims that he is not personally under investigation and that his campaign did not collude with Russia are true.

The telephone survey of 714 adults was conducted October 30 through November 1 on behalf of the news organizations by Langer Research Associates.

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