Poll: Most say Trump can keep businesses

Poll: Most say Trump can keep businesses
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Nearly 7 in 10 U.S. adults say President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE does not need to sell his entire business empire before entering the White House, according to a new poll.

Sixty-nine percent said a move preventing Trump or his family’s businesses from profiting off his presidency “goes too far” in the Bloomberg survey released Wednesday.

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Twenty-six percent said Trump should sell his businesses instead, while 5 percent remained unsure about the president-elect’s next step.

Pollsters also found that 66 percent believe Trump must choose between being president and his past role as a billionaire real estate tycoon.

Fifty-one percent are “very” or “mostly” confident, however, that Trump will ultimately put America’s interests ahead of his family’s finances when dealing with foreign leaders.

Critics say Trump’s vast global business network presents a serious conflict of interest for his incoming administration. At issue is whether Trump or his family's financial interests may unfairly influence his White House for personal gain.

Trump has scheduled a Dec. 15 news conference to address the topic, with many expecting his adult children will somehow take control of his business holdings. It's not clear if even that would insulate Trump from his business empire, though: Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump sat in on her father's meeting with the Japanese prime minister, for example, even as she was finishing a deal with a Japanese firm whose investors include the Japanese government. 

The president-elect on Wednesday, meanwhile, announced through a spokesman that he sold his entire stock holdings in June as he expected to win the presidency and did not want potential conflicts of interest. For now, though, Trump has offered no proof to back up the claim.

Bloomberg conducted its latest survey of 999 U.S. adults via interviews by Iowa-based Selzer & Co. from Dec. 2-5. It has a 3.1 percent margin of error.