Dem poll: Swing voters in key districts back probe into Trump-Russia ties

Dem poll: Swing voters in key districts back probe into Trump-Russia ties
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More than 70 percent of undecided voters in Republican districts that Democrats are targeting in 2018 back a bipartisan commission to investigate President Trump’s potential ties to Russia, according to new research from a Democratic polling firm. 

In a survey conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, 71 percent of likely voters in districts targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) support an independent commission. Forty-three percent strongly support creating a commission, while 10 percent are strongly opposed.

While 65 percent are worried about Trump’s potential ties to Russia, 55 percent do not trust Congressional Republicans to conduct an investigation. Thirty-three percent trust the GOP with an investigation.

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The group behind the poll said the results show that Republican hostility to an independent investigation could hurt them in the 2018 midterms.

"Americans overwhelmingly support an independent commission to investigate the growing scandal surrounding Donald TrumpDonald TrumpU.S. war ship nears Chinese island in first navigation challenge under Trump: report Poll: Americans disagree with Comey firing Thousands protested Trump visit in Belgium MORE's ties to Russia — and that should have every Republican up for election in 2018 scared stiff,” said Jessica Mackler, the president of the liberal super PAC American Bridge, which commissioned the poll.

“The country is demanding accountability and impartiality that can only come from an independent commission, and Republicans who do Trump's bidding and stonewall this effort will face the consequences at the ballot box." 

A majority of people surveyed, 59 percent, are also more likely to back a candidate who is in favor of an investigation, while 21 percent are less likely to support such a candidate.

Anzalone Liszt Grove Research conducted the survey online, polling 513 likely voters in the 59 GOP districts that the DCCC may try flipping in 2018.