NBC/WSJ Poll: Russian Influence Needs Independent Inquiry

Large majority prefer it to congressional inquiry
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A new poll finds a strong majority favor an independent investigation into Russia's interference with the U.S. elections and possible ties to the Donald Trump campaign.

That is according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Asked whether Congress or a special prosecutor/independent commission should be investigating, 78% picked an independent inquiry, while only 15% picked Congress. The question did not include the FBI investigation among the choices.

A majority (65%) said they had either a great deal of confidence (25%) or some confidence (45%) in the FBI's investigation, but only 40% said the same about Congress.

Of the people who have an opinion on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey, a majority disapprove, with not quite half (46%) agreeing with the statement that Comey was fired to slow the FBI investigation into the election.

The poll found that 38% disapproved, while 29% approved—32% said they had no opinion.

Of those who have been paying close attention to the issue, 53% said they disapproved while 33% said they approved.

Broken out by party, only 58% of Republicans approve of the firing, while 66% of Democrats disapprove.

The poll was conducted by phone May 11-13 among 800 adults. The margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.

A majority of the respondents (52%) have a negative view of the President, while 38% have a positive view, essentially unchanged from the poll's findings a month before.

President Trump has alternately said he wanted to get to the bottom of the possible Russian interference and called such an investigation a "witch hunt" and "taxpayer-funded charade."

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