Cohen more believable than Trump: poll

Cohen more believable than Trump: poll
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More respondents in a new poll said they believe Michael Cohen than President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE in the wake of explosive Capitol Hill testimony by the president's former personal lawyer. 

When asked by Quinnipiac University pollsters whom they believe more, 50 percent of the voters surveyed picked Cohen while 35 percent chose Trump.

Responses broke along partisan lines, with 79 percent of Republican respondents choosing Trump as more believable and 86 percent of Democrats saying Cohen is.


Cohen, who worked for nearly a decade as the president's attorney and "fixer," testified publicly in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee last week.

During the hearing, he made a number of claims about Trump's behavior in office, calling the president a "racist" and "con man."

Cohen pleaded guilty to bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violation charges last fall. He is due to report in May for a three-year prison sentence.

He also pleaded guilty to lying to both the House and Senate Intelligence committees about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow last year.

Forty-four percent of respondents in the new Quinnipiac survey said they believe Cohen told the truth during his testimony, while 36 percent said they did not.

Republican lawmakers spent much of that hearing focused on discrediting Cohen's testimony by highlighting his track record of lying before Congress.

A majority of voters in the survey, 51 percent, said they disapproved  of the way Republicans handled the Cohen hearing. One-quarter of respondents said they approved of GOP lawmakers' tactics.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,120 voters nationwide between March 1-4. The margin of error for the survey is 3.4 percentage points.