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Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Want a Special Prosecutor to Investigate Russia/Trump Ties

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In the wake of Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusing himself from any investigations into President Donald Trump’s campaign following reports that he spoke with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, a new CNN/ORC poll finds a vast majority of Americans would like a special prosecutor to handle an investigation into alleged Russia/Trump ties.

According to the survey results, 65% of Americans would prefer to see a special prosecutor to look into the possible contacts between Trump campaign aides and Russian government officials. Meanwhile, only 32% feel Congress can handle the investigation.

While there are partisan divides in the results, a large portion of Republicans — 43% — would like for a special prosecutor to be assigned. 82% of Democrats and 67% of independents also are calling for a special prosecutor over Congress.

As far as worries over the reports of contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign, 55% state that are at least somewhat concerned. Of course, this falls along party lines, with 71% of Democrats responding that they are “very concerned” compared to 54% of Republicans who have no concerns at all.

70% of respondents now feel that it is at least somewhat likely that the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia attempted to influence the election is correct. This is down from the 75% who felt the same way in January as it appears the results have now become more polarized, with 53% of Republicans saying it is “not too likely” or “not at all likely” compared to 75% of Democrats who state it is “extremely likely” or “very likely.”

In terms of the president’s job approval rating, he is still underwater with American adults. 52% disapprove of the job he’s done compared to 45% who approve. This is virtually unchanged from last month’s poll and reveals that Trump didn’t get much of a boost from his well-received speech last week.

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