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Poll: Majority think Trump tried to obstruct the Russia investigation

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A majority of Americans think President Trump has tried to impede or obstruct the Russia investigation and 40 percent believe Trump has done something illegal involving Russia, according to a new poll.

The poll finds that 63 percent of Americans say that Trump has tried to “impede or obstruct” the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as possible ties between Moscow and his campaign, while 35 percent disagree with that characterization.

Another 38 percent of those polled also believe the investigation is very or extremely important, according to the Associated Press-NORC poll


Special counsel Robert Mueller and multiple congressional committees are looking into Russian interference and possible collusion in the 2016 election.

A majority, 67 percent, also disapprove of how Trump has responded to the investigations, and 32 percent believe that Trump has done something unethical, though not illegal, regarding the probes. 

With a strong breakdown along party lines, 62 percent of Democrats say that Trump has broken the law in his handling of the investigation, while only 5 percent of Republicans say so. 

An overwhelming majority of Democrats and independents also agree, by 86 and 67 percent, that Trump has impeded or obstructed the investigation, compared to only 24 percent of Republicans. 

The poll was conducted online and by phone Dec. 7-11 among 1,020 adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points. 

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