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 ClintonTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Van Jones: A 'white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter' can pose a greater threat to black Americans than the KKK Taylor Swift slams Trump tweet: 'You have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?' 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 TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points 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 GrassleyExpanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support Grassley, Leahy urge Roberts to permanently air Supreme Court arguments Democrats broaden probe into firing of State Department watchdog MORE (R-Iowa) said Thursday he would be inviting Trump Jr. to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the meeting.