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 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 Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised him damaging information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support 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 Trump’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 GrassleyRepublicans jockey for position on immigration House clears bill to combat crimes against elderly Grassley: DACA deal wouldn't need border wall funding MORE (R-Iowa) said Thursday he would be inviting Trump Jr. to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the meeting.