Poll: Majority supports special prosecutor for Russia investigation


A majority of Americans in a new poll think a special prosecutor should investigate the ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

A CNN/ORC poll finds that 65 percent of Americans think a special prosecutor should handle the investigation and 32 percent think Congress can handle it.

Broken down by party affiliation, only 43 percent of Republicans think a special prosecutor is necessary to handle the investigation, while 82 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of independents call for a special prosecutor.

{mosads}Slightly more than half of Americans, 55 percent, say they are at least somewhat concerned by the reports that Trump campaign officials had contacts with Russia during the campaign.

Seventy-one percent of Democrats say they are “very concerned” about the reports and 54 percent of Republicans say they have no concerns “at all” about them.

The poll also finds that 34 percent of Americans think Russia is a “very serious” threat. Slightly more than half of Democrats think Russia is a very serious threat, compared to just 24 percent of Republicans who think the same.

President Trump has an approval rating of 45 percent and a favorability rating of 45 percent, pollsters found, while Vice President Mike Pence has a favorability rating of 47 percent.

The poll was conducted from March 1 to 4 among 1,025 adults. The margin of error is 3 percent.

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