According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, a clear majority of the American public believes President Donald Trump is attempting to interfere with investigations into Russian election influence and possible collusion with Trump associates.
Per the survey, 56% of American adults said they thought the president was trying to interfere. 87% of Democrats and 58% of independents stated they felt Trump was interfering compared to 17% of Republican voters.
Also, 61% of respondents believe Trump fired FBI Director James Comey to protect himself and that it wasn’t for the good of the country, including 88% of Democrats and 63% of independents. However, with Comey scheduled to testify before Congress tomorrow, the poll suggested that there is still a lot of skepticism about his trustworthiness.
Only 36% of those surveyed said they have a great deal or good amount of trust in what Comey says about the Russia probe, compared to 55% who said they only had some or none at all. These results, while middling, are still far better than how Trump is viewed, with only 21% of Americans saying they largely trust POTUS on what he says about the probe.
It should be noted that this poll was conducted before Tuesday’s report that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told associates of his that he’d been approached by Trump to intervene in the FBI’s investigation into ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.