Majority believes Cohen claim that Trump ordered him to make hush payments: poll

Majority believes Cohen claim that Trump ordered him to make hush payments: poll
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A majority of Americans believes Michael Cohen's claim that President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE ordered his former personal lawyer and fixer to make hush payments to two women ahead of the 2016 presidential election, according to a new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll

Sixty-four percent of U.S. adults polled said they believe Cohen, who made the claim in a court document last week after pleading guilty to eight counts of fraud and campaign finance law violations. The poll found a partisan split on the issue, however, with 93 percent of Democrats standing by Cohen, compared to 38 percent of Republicans. 


Rural voters — at 56 percent — were the least likely to report believing Cohen, while African-American women were the most likely, at 77 percent. Suburban white women and "Never Hillary" independents responded with support for Cohen's claim at roughly even rates, with 66 percent and 63 percent respectively, pollsters noted. 

Seventy percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 34, meanwhile, said they believe Cohen. 

Cohen last week pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law by setting up a payment of $130,000 to a woman in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with a "federal candidate" with the intention of influencing the presidential election. The court filing states the federal candidate ultimately became president. Cohen also told the judge he made a contribution of $150,000 to another woman alleging an affair at the direction of the candidate.

The accounts align closely with previously reported payments to adult-film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who both alleged affairs with Trump. 

The Axios/Survey Monkey poll also assessed Americans' views on impeaching Trump, a topic that Democrats have shied away from due to its divisive nature ahead of the November midterm elections.

Forty-four percent said Congress should begin impeachment proceedings, with 79 percent of Democrats and only 8 percent of Republicans supporting the process. "Never Hillary" independents and rural voters were the least likely to support impeachment, at 35 and 36 percent respectively, while African-American women were the most likely to support it, with 73 percent. 

The poll is based on SurveyMonkey online surveys conducted Aug. 22-24 among 4,362 adults in the U.S. The margin of error is 3 percent.