This may be one of the more depressing polls you will see this year.
Courtesy of ABC News:
Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe President Donald Trump’s encouragement of a foreign leader to investigate Trump’s political rival and his family is a serious problem, but only 17% said they were surprised by the president’s actions, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll.
The poll, conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News, asked Americans about a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which Trump urged his Ukrainian counterpart to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Attorney General William Barr to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, according to a memo released by the White House.
In a polarized electorate, attitudes about the severity of Trump’s actions broke strongly along partisan lines, with Democrats three times as likely to find the conversation a very or somewhat serious problem — 91% of Democrats compared with 32% of Republicans.
Democrats also were even more likely to have the most intense feelings, with nearly 3 in 4, about 72%, saying they thought the president’s comments were a very serious problem, compared to 41% of Independents.
Republicans were less intense in their skepticism about the seriousness of the problem than Democrats were in their conviction it was a problem — 37% of Republicans said it wasn’t serious at all, but 13% of Republicans responded that it was a very serious problem compared to only 2% of Democrats who said the president’s actions related to Ukraine were not a problem at all.
Still, Trump’s actions during the phone conversation were not surprising to a large majority of Americans. About 83% responded that they were not so surprised or not surprised at all that Trump had such a conversation, with little variation by partisanship. Only 3% of Americans said they were very surprised.
Only 3% of Americans were very surprised that the president of the United States used his office to pressure another world leader into digging up dirt on a political opponent, man that is just tragic.
If Barack Obama had done this we would be in deep denial and unable to fathom how he could ever do something like that.
But with Donald Trump it seems so onbrand that we barely even raise an eyebrow.
Like I said, this is depressing.