Poll: Most Want Congress To Investigate Trump Campaign’s Russia Ties

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A majority of Americans want Congress to investigate both reported contact between Russian nationals and members of the Trump campaign, and Russian interference in the election generally.

According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Friday, conducted from Feb. 18-22, 53 percent of the American public wants Congress to investigate reported communications between Russia and Trump’s campaign team, compared to 25 percent who disagree who say Congress shouldn’t investigate, and 21 percent who have no opinion.

Similarly, 54 percent of Americans believe Congress should investigate Russian interference in election, while 29 percent disagree and 17 percent have no opinion.

Democrats supported both investigations, when asked, by more than 80 percent. Independents supported both investigations by more than 50 percent. Republicans opposed both investigations by at least a plurality: Forty-six percent were against investigating the Trump campaign’s reported Russian contacts, and 54 percent were against investigating Russian interference in the election.

Last week, the New York Times and CNN reported that members of Trump’s campaign had repeated contact with Russian nationals, including members of the Russian intelligence community. Trump affiliates named in the Times’ articles have all denied any wrongdoing.

Multiple congressional committees have announced, and some have begun, investigations into the questions polled by NBC News/Wall Street Journal.

The Senate Intelligence Committee announced in January that it would investigate “the scope of Russian intelligence activities impacting the United States.” Since the ouster of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who lied to the Vice President about his pre-inaugural discussion of sanctions with the Russian ambassador, Republicans on the committee have said they will request that he answer questions as part of the investigation.

NBC News/Wall Street Journal conducted 1000 interviews of adults. The poll has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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  1. Should they ever investigate Comrade Chaos’ ties to Russia if would likely result in a subpoena for his taxes. It would also likely lead to his resignation under the threat of impeachment. Good times.

    If only they could get it done by day 45 of his term. You know, for the irony and poetic value.

    Fax your reps and demand an immediate investigation.

  2. Yes, yes we do…

    Benghazi the hell out of this…

  3. Avatar for tena tena says:

    Let’s go, Congress. The People have spoken - us. The real ones out here.

    Keep clinging to that shrinking voter base of yours or start acting like actual civil servants.

  4. Good it’s a majority, but still…47% of the country is apparently fine with the possibility that a hostile foreign power might be controlling our government–either being actively opposed to finding out or simply saying “whatever, who cares.” That is pretty amazing.

  5. Avatar for tena tena says:

    I love you but I hate the liberal tendency to always highlight the minority side of a poll and say Alas.

    Everybody does it - not just you. And I have never understood it. Journalists do it, too, especially for clickbait, but it’s still the minority side of the damn poll. hahahahahaha

    The good stuff in this one is in the majority number.

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