A poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs, which was released on Friday, reveals that about six out of every ten U.S. adults, or 59 percent, believe President Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukraine that triggered the impeachment probe amount to something “unethical but not illegal” or “nothing wrong” at all. This is according to a recent poll.
There were 30 percent that said there is “nothing wrong” with the Trump-Zelensky interactions, while 38 percent say Trump’s Ukraine-linked actions amount to “something illegal.”
To put it simply, 59 percent of respondents believe Trump’s Ukraine-linked actions are neither illegal (29 percent) nor wrong (30 percent).
There are more Democrats (69 percent) that believe Trump’s actions were illegal than Republicans (8 percent). Among Independents, nearly two-thirds (63 percent) believe Trump’s actions amounted to something “unethical but not illegal” (43 percent) or “nothing wrong” (20 percent).
The total number, which is 80 percent, of those who think Trump has neither done something illegal (66 percent) nor wrong (14 percent) is also high among the 13 percent who neither approve nor disapprove of the impeachment probe.
House Democrat impeachment investigators are focused on trying to determine whether Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate corruption allegations against Joe Biden and his son Hunter in exchange for aid during a July 25 phone call.
The recent poll finds that a vast majority (69 percent) of adults believe “it was inappropriate for” Hunter “to have a role on the board of a Ukrainian energy company while his father was vice president.” Only 27% think it was appropriate.
Trump has urged his Ukrainian counterpart to launch a probe into corruption allegations against the energy company Burisma Holdings that employed Hunter Biden.
State Department official, George Kent, told House investigators that the Obama administration “rebuffed” his warnings that Burisma was corrupt.
That means the Obama administration cleared Hunter Biden to work at Burisma even though it knew the company was corrupt.
The AP-NORC pollsters note:
The nationwide poll was conducted October 24-28, 2019, using the AmeriSpeak® Panel, the probability-based panel of NORC at the University of Chicago. Online and telephone interviews using landlines and cell phones were conducted with 1,075 adults. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.