Poll: Majority think Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer was inappropriate

Poll: Majority think Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer was inappropriate
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A majority of Americans thinks Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised him damaging information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Former presidents, first ladies come together to honor Barbara Bush Romney: Parts of Comey book read 'too much like a novel’ MORE was inappropriate, according to a new poll.

The Huffington Post/YouGov survey found that 53 percent of respondents said it was inappropriate for Trump Jr. to have had the meeting, while 22 percent thought it was appropriate and 25 percent were unsure.

Eighty-one percent of respondents identifying as Democrats said the meeting was inappropriate, while 22 percent of Republicans agreed. Nearly half of Republican respondents, 47 percent, said the meeting was appropriate, while just 4 percent of Democrats said it was appropriate.

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The poll also found that President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear program in return for sanctions relief MORE’s relationship with Russia comes in low on respondents’ lists of their most important issues. Just 12 percent of total respondents said Trump’s relationship with Russia was one of the two issues they’re most concerned about, ranking it far behind such issues as healthcare, at 49 percent, and the economy, at 37 percent.

The poll interviewed a random sampling of 1,000 Americans from July 11 to 13.

Emails that Trump Jr. released this week show that he was told ahead of time that the information the lawyer was offering — which he says he did not receive — was part of a Russian government effort to aid then-candidate Trump.

Trump Jr.’s meeting has been met with criticism from both sides of the aisle. Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley renews complaints about History Channel Republicans divided over legislation protecting Mueller The Hill's Morning Report: Inside the Comey memos MORE (R-Iowa) said Thursday he would be inviting Trump Jr. to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the meeting.