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Poll: 73 Percent Support Independent Probe of Russia's Election Meddling

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By    |   Monday, 24 Apr 2017 01:54 PM

Seventy-three percent of Americans want an independent panel to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election, while 16 percent prefer Congress handle the investigation, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reveals.

Here are the poll highlights:

  • 61 percent of Americans say they have little to no confidence in lawmakers looking into Russian's involvement in the election.
  • 8 percent say they have "a great deal of confidence" in Congress in carrying out the probes, while 31 percent say they have "some confidence."
  • 54 percent say Congress should investigate whether there was contact between the Russians and the Trump campaign, including 21 percent of Republicans, 84 percent of Democrats and 51 percent on independents.

"These numbers come as committees in both the House and Senate are looking into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election," Mark Murray of NBC News notes.

"But the House investigation erupted in controversy after House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, R-Calif., suggested that (President Donald) Trump and his associates may have been monitored by U.S. intelligence officials during the transition."

He adds: "Nunes stepped aside from the investigation earlier this month."

The poll was based on nationwide telephone interviews with 900 adults from April 17-20. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

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