Fifty-eight percent of likely U.S. voters say that those who leak classified information should be prosecuted, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released on Wednesday.
Twenty-five percent disagree, while 17 percent are undecided.
The poll was taken after numerous leaks were published in the media that put President Donald Trump's administration in an unflattering light and were criticized by the president.
Other results of the survey include:
- Republicans, at 72 percent, were much more likely to say that those who leak classified information should be prosecuted, compared with 43 percent of Democrats who shared that opinion and 61 percent of independents.
- Ninety-one percent of voters who strongly approve of the job Trump is doing think those who leak classified information should be prosecuted. Forty-seven percent of those who strongly disapprove of the job the president is doing disagree.
- Fifty-nine percent of likely voters say that intelligence officials who withhold classified information from the president should be fired or punished in another way, while 23 percent disagree and 17 percent are not sure.
- Fifty-four percent say that unelected government officials do not have the right to decide what information they share with the elected chief executive of the United States. Only 30 percent of voters said these officials should be free to decide what information they share with him and 16 percent are not sure.
- Forty-seven percent of voters says that U.S. intelligence agencies have their own political agenda, while 39 percent disagree and say that the agencies generally perform impartially.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on Feb. 16 and 19. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
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