A new poll has revealed that nearly six in ten US adults believe that President Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukraine’s president which prompted Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry amount to something ‘unethical but not illegal’ or ‘nothing wrong’ at all.
The poll, jointly carried out by the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs, showed that 30 percent believe there was “nothing wrong” with Trump’s interactions with Ukrainian President Zelensky, while another 29 percent think that the Trump-Zelensky interactions were ‘unethical but not illegal’.
That is to say that 59 percent of those polled expressed the belief that Trump’s actions with respect to Ukraine were neither wrong nor illegal.
The remaining 38 percent of poll respondents said that Trump’s interactions with Ukrainian President Zelensky amounted to ‘something illegal’.
Unsurprisingly, attitudes toward Trump’s actions were split down party lines.
Of the registered Democrats who were polled, 69 percent reported believing that Trump’s actions were illegal. Conversely, only eight percent of Republicans felt the same way.
Among Independent voters, just 27 percent said that Trump’s actions were illegal. The rest of Independent voters said that Trump’s actions were ‘unethical but not illegal’ (43 percent) or that Trump did ‘nothing wrong’ (20 percent).
With respect to Joe Biden’s alleged corruption, the same survey revealed that 69 percent of adults think that “it was inappropriate for” Biden’s son Hunter “to have a role on the board of a Ukrainian energy company” while his father was the acting U.S. Vice President. Less than a third said that it was appropriate.
President Trump has called on President Zelensky to initiate an inquiry into corruption allegations against Burisma Holdings – the energy firm that paid $83,000 dollars each month to sit on its board.
The AP-NORC poll was carried out between October 24th and October 28th, and surveyed 1,075 nations around the country. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.