Poll: Majority wants independent Russia probe

Poll: Majority wants independent Russia probe
© Greg Nash

A majority of Americans want an independent investigation into any connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, according to a new poll.

Fifty two percent of respondents in The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released early Sunday are in favor an independent investigation. Roughly one-quarter of respondents, 23 percent, are opposed and 22 percent did not have an opinion.

Along party lines, pollsters found that more than three-quarters of Democrats back an independent probe, compared with one-quarter of Republicans.

Almost half of Americans, 44 percent, said they are concerned that Trump or other campaign aides had inappropriate contact with Russia, according to the poll. More than one-third, 36 percent, said they are not concerned. 

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Trump has said “fake news” is trying to push a narrative of collaboration between his campaign and Moscow.

“When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story?” Trump, for example, tweeted Saturday morning.

“It is the same Fake News Media that said there is ‘no path to victory for Trump’ that is now pushing the phony Russia story. A total scam!” he added.

The Senate and House intelligence committees and the FBI are investigating Russian interference in last year’s presidential investigations.

The new poll of 1,110 adults, conducted between March 23 and March 27, has a margin of error of 4 points.