New poll suggests most Americans would support indicting a sitting president for an alleged crime

David Madden
December 22, 2018 - 4:00 am
A national poll on the 2020 presidential elections issued this week contained one question that could well predict how people might react if President Trump himself gets into trouble as part of the ongoing Russia probe.

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HAMDEN, Conn. (KYW Newsradio) — A national poll on the 2020 presidential elections issued this week contained one question that could well predict how people might react if President Trump himself gets into trouble as part of the ongoing Russia probe. 

Question 25 in the latest Quinnipiac University Poll never mentions Mr. Trump by name. Rather, it asks if a person would support the idea of a president accused of a crime being indicted either while serving or once he or she returns to private life.

Seventy-one percent said not to wait. That includes 49 percent of Republicans, 70 percent of independents and nine out of 10 Democrats surveyed.

"It’s the first time we’ve asked this question because we were not doing it when Nixon was in office and the Clinton situation did not involve necessarily an indictable offense," pollster Tim Malloy told KYW Newsradio.

Twenty-one percent of all respondents felt any indictment should be put on hold.

"The president’s approval rating was 39 percent," Malloy added. "That’s terrible. A large majority of Americans believe he does not respect the rule of law. That includes a lot of Republicans."     

The same poll suggests a majority would like to see Democrats refrain from beginning any impeachment proceedings at this point and shows the Democrat with the best favorable rating right now is former Vice President Joe Biden. 

The 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton has the largest unfavorable number.