New American Bridge Polling: Voters Overwhelmingly Favor Independent Investigation into Trump’s Russia Ties

Today, American Bridge released the results of a new poll of persuadable voters in targeted congressional districts around the country, showing that Republican opposition to an independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia runs counter to overwhelming public opinion and endangers Republican incumbents in 2018.

The polling memo is available here.

The poll uncovers that persuadable voters are likely to be deeply concerned about Trump’s ties to Russia, and have little confidence in Republicans ability to investigate. 
– Nearly two thirds (65%) of persuadable voters are concerned about Trump’s relationship with Russia.
– A strong majority (55%) do not believe Republicans can be trusted with the investigation.
– An overwhelming majority support an independent commission (71%), and a strong majority (59%) are more likely to support a candidate who calls for an independent commission.

The survey additionally found that swing voters are most concerned about two aspects of the scandal:
– Trump’s aides’ close ties to Russians, including Paul Manafort’s alleged $12 payment from a pro-Russian oligarch.
– Reports that U.S. intelligence officials believe the Trump administration has been thoroughly compromised by Russia, with one Pentagon official saying, “There’s not much the Russians don’t know thanks to their ties to Trump.”

Statement from American Bridge President Jessica Mackler:

“Americans overwhelmingly support an independent commission to investigate the growing scandal surrounding Donald Trump’s ties to Russia — and that should have every Republican up for election in 2018 scared stiff. The country is demanding accountability and impartiality that can only come from an independent commission, and Republicans who do Trump’s bidding and stonewall this effort will face the consequences at the ballot box.”