Harvard Poll: Two-Thirds Say Russia Investigations 'Hurting Country'

As President Donald Trump continues to struggle, Democrats have moved into a stronger position to challenge Republicans for control of Congress next year, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Interestingly, the poll also shows 52 percent of respondents said they have a favorable view of Sen.

In response to a question about the appropriateness of media scrutiny of the "Trump allegations", 50 percent of all respondents say the coverage has been "overdramatized" or "irresponsible". On the Democratic side, 63 percent believe the media has acted responsibly and 16 percent think it has been too restrained.

Sixty-eight percent believe Comey's claims that the president asked him to bury an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Sixteen percent of Democrats believe the media's Russian Federation coverage has been "irresponsible/overdramatized", and just as many Democrats (16%) believe the media have actually been "too restrained", according to the poll.

According to the poll, 64 percent say the Russian Federation probes are damaging to the nation and 56 percent want Congress and the media to focus on other issues like terrorism, healthcare, the economy, national security and jobs. The Real Clear Politics average of polls - which includes polls that survey all Americans, not just voters - showed Trump's approval rating throughout most of May and early June to be below 40 percent, bottoming out at 38.6 on June 13.

Mark Penn, co-creator of the survey, maintained polls have been underestimating Trump's support by five to six points because they sample all adults rather than just those who voted in the past election.

While 82% of Republicans approve of the President, 90% of Democrats disapprove. Trump has disputed Comey's testimony. Patty Murray told TheDC over a week ago when asked if she was concerned about investigation fatigue among Americans. "Trump and his personal attorney have denied he ever said that".

The poll uses a methodology that doesn't produce a traditional margin of error.

The Harvard-Harris poll "is a collaboration of the Harvard Center for American Political Studies and The Harris Poll", and the survey's "partisan breakdown is 35 percent Democrat, 29 percent Republican, 30 percent independent and 6 percent other".

  • Larry Hoffman