Poll: Large majority thinks Trump self-pardon would be unacceptable

Poll: Large majority thinks Trump self-pardon would be unacceptable
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A large majority of Americans say that presidents should not have the power to pardon themselves, and the results cross political affiliations.

According to a new Associated Press-NORC poll, 85 percent of Americans say that it would be unacceptable for presidents to issue themselves a pardon, and 76 percent said that Congress should impeach any president who did.

The survey comes weeks after President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE raised the prospect of pardoning himself should he be charged in the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election.

“As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?” he tweeted.


The AP-NORC poll did not ask about Trump by name, but several respondents spoke about him in follow-up interviews, including Trump voters who said that while they supported the president, a self-pardon would cross a line.

“No one’s above the law,” one Republican respondent told the AP. “Not even the president.”

A poll released earlier this week from USA Today/Suffolk University found that 58 percent of Americans would support impeachment for Trump if he pardoned himself in the Russia investigation.

There is ongoing legal debate about whether a president actually has the power to pardon himself that has been newly refreshed in the wake of Trump’s comments. Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said that Trump “probably” has the power to pardon himself, but that he likely wouldn’t because of the “political ramifications.”

Giuliani suggested that Trump could pardon his associates who have been indicted in the probe.

The president has issued a series of high-profile pardons in recent weeks, and suggested that more were imminent.

The survey was conducted among 1,109 adults from June 13 to 18. The margin of error is 4.1 percentage points.