Saturday, 24 February, 2018

5 numbers to prove the GOP's sticking by Trump on Russian Federation

Targeted Three-quarters of Republicans say the president is the focus of an attempt by members of the FBI and DoJ to delegitimize him Targeted Three-quarters of Republicans say the president is the focus of an attempt by members of the FBI and DoJ to delegitimize him
Melinda Barton | 08 February, 2018, 13:39

President Donald Trump has attempted to "derail or obstruct" the Russian Federation investigation, said 53 percent of American voters in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released Wednesday.

The new poll shows Republicans say 58 percent to 28 percent that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is biased against Trump.

When asked whether Republicans in Congress were also trying to derail or obstruct Mueller's investigation, numbers were more mixed: 46 percent of overall voters said they were; 42 percent said they weren't.

Whether the memo has bearing on the Russian Federation investigation is very much in dispute, with Trump claiming it vindicates him but other Republicans saying it is only about alleged abuses by law enforcement that have no bearing on the Russian Federation probe.

In a survey conducted over this past weekend, three-in-10 voters say they think the contents of the memo, drafted by the staff of House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) are "mostly true", and 22 percent think the contents are mostly false.

Better news for Trump comes from the poll's questions about the job he is doing. A whopping 83 percent of Republicans voters -- almost the number of party faithful who tend to approve of Trump's job performance -- say that Trump hasn't tried to derail anything.

Further, voters overall have a favorable attitude toward special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. "And nearly half of voters think Republicans in Congress are trying to obstruct the Russian investigation". Among independent voters, the number who said the probe was legitimate was higher: 54 percent said it was; 39 percent said it wasn't. Mueller's investigation has charged four people, including former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia's ambassador.

50 percent of voters overall say Mueller's probe is legitimate. Trump has repeatedly dismissed the investigation as a witch hunt and attacked top investigators in his own Justice Department.

Both of those numbers are down slightly but within the margin of error and well within the normal range for each question.