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Majority of Voters: Special Prosecutor Needed to Probe Alleged Trump Campaign-Russia Ties

Fifty-seven percent back special prosecutor, new Politico/Morning Consult poll shows

Then-Governor of Indiana Mike Pence then-U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama speaking in Aug. 2016 at a Trump campaign event in Phoenix. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc)

A majority of registered voters are in favor having a special prosecutor investigate potential ties between President Donald Trump's campaign aides and Kremlin officials, a Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday shows.

Fifty-seven percent say they are in favor of such a probe, compared to 31 percent who say they are not. Thirteen percent say they don't know or don't have an opinion on the matter.

The online poll of 1,992 registered voters was conducted from March 2—when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his recusal from federal investigations into such potential interference—to March 6. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

As to whether Russia influenced the outcome of the 2106 presidential elections, the results are more evenly divided: 41 percent say it did, compared to 42 percent who say it did not. Seventeen percent say they don't know or have no opinion.

Of those who say it did have an impact, 85 percent say it hurt Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, while 87 percent say it helped Trump.

Just 29 percent say Sessions was truthful during his confirmation hearing in January with regard to what he said about meeting with Russian officials; 38 say he was not.

Democratic lawmakers had called for Sessions to resign following the revelation last week that "the former U.S. senator met with the Russian ambassador twice last year and thus may have committed perjury during his senate confirmation hearing," as Common Dreams wrote.

The new survey comes two days after a CNN/ORC poll showed that 65 percent of Americans are in favor of having an independent special prosecutor investigate the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia.

With Sessions' announcement that he would recuse himself, the appointment of a special prosecutor falls into the hands of the deputy attorney general. Trump's nominee for that post, Rod Rosenstein, on Tuesday failed to commit to appointing one. And while "Democrats faced an uphill battle to get a special prosecutor commitment from Rosenstein," Jon Schwarz wrote at The Intercept, their actions during the confirmation hearing "gave the impression that Senate Democrats are generally incapable of acting together to use whatever leverage they have."

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