Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Most Want A Special Prosecutor To Investigate Russian Ties
Donald Trump has done everything he can think of to divert the public's attention away from the growing realization that many of his aides had ties to Russian officials during the campaign. He has attacked the press, told numerous lies, and even accused President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower. It's not working.
Most Americans are troubled by the continuing revelations about Trump aides contacting Russian officials. They want to know if Trump colluded with the Russians to sway the election, and if so, what has Trump promised the Russians in return? And they want a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate it.
A majority (51%) of Americans say they want a special prosecutor, while only 28% don't want one -- a difference of 23 points. And that feeling crosses gender, age, and racial lines -- men (by 16 points), women (by 31 points), 18-29 year-olds (by 33 points), 30-44 (by 29 points), 45-64 (by 18 points), those 65 and older (by 15 points), Whites (by 16 points), Blacks (by 59 points), Hispanics (by 34 points), and other races (by 20 points).
Those are some pretty substantial numbers, and they show the Trump/Russian scandal is not going to go away -- at least not until it is thoroughly investigated (by a bipartisan special prosecutor with the subpoena power to find the truth).
The chart above was made with information in a recent Economist / YouGov Poll -- done on March 6th and 7th of a random national sample of 1,500 adults (including 1,359 registered voters), with a margin of error of 3.4 points.