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New Poll Finds Majority of Americans Support Indicting a Sitting President

New Poll Finds Majority of Americans Support Indicting a Sitting President

Bad news for President Donald Trump and good news for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office: A new Quinnipiac University poll found that the majority of Americans say sitting presidents should be subject to indictment.

71 percent of the survey’s respondents—a total which includes 49 percent of Republicans—support indicting a sitting president. 21 percent of the survey’s respondents say they wouldn’t support the notion. 38 percent of Republican respondents say they don’t support bringing criminal charges against a president who is still in office.

Asked about whether Congress should proceed with impeachment proceedings, 60 percent of Americans say lawmakers should hold off. Interestingly enough, 56 percent of those surveyed say Trump doesn’t respect the law.

48 percent of the survey’s respondents believe the special counsel is running a fair investigation into Russia’s subversion of the 2016 presidential election and coordination with the Trump campaign. By contrast, 38 percent say otherwise.

“Voters approve 45 – 38 percent of the way Mueller is handling his job,” Qunnipiac observes.

Despite the continued obstacles President Trump faces, most people (81 percent) believe he will run for re-election in 2020.

“For Democrats gearing up for 2020, it’s Biden and Bernie, with Beto looking for a foothold and Hillary wondering if the train has finally left the station,” said Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

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Other insights from the poll:

  • American voters view former Vice President Joe Biden more favorably than President Trump. Biden has a 53 – 33 percent favorability rating compared to Trump’s  40 – 56 percent favorability rating.
  • Biden enjoys a “84 – 7 percent favorability rating among Democrats and a 60 – 21 percent
    rating among voters 18 to 34 years old,” according to the poll.
  • Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a negative  32 – 61 percent favorability rating, the highest unfavorable score on the list.
  • 60 percent of the survey’s respondents say they don’t approve of the way the White House is run, while 38 percent said they were pleased with the White House’s performance. Quinnipiac found that most voters  (62 – 34 percent) believe “that Trump does not choose the best people to be part of his
  • 52 – 39 percent of voters feel the president “allows his business interests to affect U.S. policy towards Saudi Arabia.”  54 – 39 percent of voters say the president “allows his business interests to
    affect U.S. policy towards Russia.”

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,147 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points, including the design effect, between December 12 and 17.


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