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Voters believe Trump committed crimes before being in office, but don’t want impeachment: Poll

March 6, 2019

More than half of registered voters said they believe President Trump committed crimes before he was in office, but they don’t want to see an impeachment, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

The Quinnipiac University National Poll said voters think he has committed crimes before taking office, 64-24 percent, but they don’t want to see an impeachment, 59-35 percent.

Yet 58 percent said Congress should do more to investigate “Michael Cohen’s claims about President Trump’s unethical and illegal behavior.”

About 50 percent of respondents said that they believed Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer more than the president himself, with the Quinnipiac University poll finding only 35 percent saying they believed the president more.

Democrats at 86 percent said they trust Cohen more, with independents in majority agreement at 51 percent. Republicans believe the president at a slightly lesser margin of 79 percent.

About 58 percent of respondents also said that Congress “should do more to investigate” Cohen’s “claims about Mr. Trump’s unethical and illegal behavior,” including 60 percent of independents, while 35 percent said his allegations should not be investigated by Congress.

The poll was conducted with 1,120 voters nationwide over the telephone from March 1-4. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.4 percent.

Cohen was Mr. Trump’s fixer for more than 10 years. He pleaded guilty last August to campaign finance violations, bank fraud, financial crimes and lying to Congress. He is slated to serve his three-year prison sentence in May.

In his statement to the committee, Cohen said he is “ashamed” that he worked for Mr. Trump, saying he regrets “all the help and support I gave him along the way.” Cohen is back on Capitol Hill Wednesday for another day of closed-door testimony.