76% of Democrats, 69% of U.S. Adults Want Congress to Probe Origins of DOJ’s Russia Investigation

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | May 6, 2019 | 3:31 PM EDT

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Three-fourths (76%) of Democrats want Congress to investigate the origins of the Justice Department’s probe that led to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump, a new CNN poll finds.

In all, 69% of the 1,007 U.S. adults polled in the national survey, conducted April 25-28, 2019, say Congress should look into how the Russian interference investigation was launched. Ironically, fewer Republicans than either Democrats or Independents want Congress to look into how the investigation started.

“Congress should investigate the origins of the Justice Department’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election which led to Mueller’s investigation.”

  • Democrats: 76%
  • Independents: 69%
  • Republicans: 62%
  • Lean Democrat: 76%
  • Lean Republican: 61%
  • Total: 69%
  • Liberal: 71%
  • Moderate: 74%
  • Conservative: 62%
  • Total: 69%

The survey also found that a higher percentage of non-Whites (76%) than Whites (66%) want Congress to investigate the Russia probe’s genesis.

Additionally, 72% of respondents say Democrats are doing either “too much” or “the right amount” to investigate President Trump.

"Do you think Democrats in Congress are doing too much, too little, or about the right amount to investigate Donald Trump?"

  • Too Much: 44%
  • Right Amount: 28%
  • Too Little: 25%
  • Don’t Know/N.A.: 3%

Only 10% of Democrats say their party is doing “too much,” while 41% say they’re doing “too little” and 47% say they’re doing the “right amount” to investigate Trump (2% undecided/No Answer).

Conversely, among Republicans, 84% say Democrats are doing “too much,” 5% say “too little,” and 7% the “right amount” (3% undecided/N.A.). Independents approximated the total, nationwide results.

The study was conducted for CNN via telephone by SSRS, an independent research company. The margin of sampling error for the study is +/-3.8.


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