Do you care if Donald Trump is a criminal? | The Tylt
Do you care if Donald Trump is a criminal?
Before Michael Cohen's congressional hearing many people wondered whether his criminal convictions would give the public pause when considering the truthfulness of his testimony. GOP lawmakers spent the majority of the hearing calling Cohen's honesty into question and reminding their colleagues and the public of the fact he had previously lied before Congress.
However, a new poll shows these efforts were in vain as the majority of those polled believed Cohen's testimony. Per CNN:
According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday, 64% of registered voters said Trump had committed crimes before entering office and nearly half of voters -- 45% -- think he committed crimes while serving as President.
Despite Trump's massive popularity in the GOP, even a third of Republicans said Trump had engaged in criminal activity before his presidency. The poll showed that 89% of Democrats and 65% of independents thought Trump had committed crimes before taking office.
...Meanwhile, Trump's credibility rating is low. Only 30% of voters said the President is honest, the lowest it has been in Quinnipiac's trend since it started asking the question right after Trump was elected in 2016. At that time, 42% of voters said Trump was honest.
Even members of the president's own party, who have remained steadfastly in his corner throughout the investigations, believed Cohen. Per MSNBC:
Note that in the Quinnipiac data, even a third of Republicans believe the president committed crimes before taking office.
Making matters worse for the White House, a plurality of Americans believe Trump also committed crimes during his presidency. Why is his approval rating so weak at a point when the economy is healthy? Perhaps because roughly half the country suspects the Leader of the Free World is a criminal.
Even with the majority of the public believing the president is guilty of wrongdoing, they are not prepared for him to be impeached. Per Politico:
The majority of Americans, however, do not think that Congress should begin the process to impeach Trump. Only 35 percent say the process should begin, compared with 59 percent who say it shouldn’t.
House Democrats, now in the majority, have said that they will not begin talking about the impeachment process until after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report is released and depending on whether any wrongdoing is revealed.