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Poll: New Yorkers Divided On Mueller Report

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New Yorkers are split on the Mueller Report and whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, according to a new poll.

Steve Greenberg of the Siena Research Institute says New Yorkers are split overall on what should be done following the release of the Mueller report. Greenberg notes that the new Siena poll finds that three-quarters of voters are at least somewhat familiar with the findings.   "When Siena asked voters, what do you think should happen now given everything that we know, 50 percent of voters said 'Case closed, it's time to move on.'  45 percent of New York voters said 'the House Judiciary Committee should immediately open an investigation.' Not surprisingly, a huge partisan shift here. 61 percent of Democrats say it's time to start the impeachment inquiry. But, 83 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Independents say 'Case closed. It's time to move on.'"

The poll also found that 62 percent of voters strongly agreed that the Russians engaged in a systematic campaign to influence the 2016 presidential race in support of President Trump.    "59 percent of voters believe that President Trump obstructed Justice by trying to thwart Mueller's investigation. 53 percent of New Yorkers believe that President Trump has committed impeachable offenses. However, when asked while the Russians tried to influence the 2016 presidential race to support President Trump, there's no proof of coordination between the Russians and the Trump campaign, 50 percent of voters agree. While 54 percent of Democrats disagree with that statement, 77 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of independents do agree."

Greenberg points out that the survey does offer one bright spot for the president:   "When asked whether they agree or disagree with the following statement, 'there was a conspiracy between the Russians and the Trump campaign,' a plurality of voters - 47 percent - disagree. However, 44 percent of New Yorkers do agree, including 58 percent of Democrats. And when the president claims that the Mueller report completely exonerates him, voters disagree. 67 percent disagree with the statement that the Mueller report completely exonerates preside

The survey says voters strongly believe, 61-31 percent, that Mueller and his team conducted the investigation fairly and without bias.

The poll was conducted June 2-6, by telephone calls conducted in English to 812 New York state registered voters.  It has an overall margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points, and complete results are available by clicking here.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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