58 percent of Americans say Donald Trump is being dishonest about Russia: Poll

March 4, 2019 GMT

Almost six out of 10 registered American voters said President Donald Trump is not being honest about Russia, but that number varies with political party and chosen television network, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released on Sunday.

The study finds that 58 percent of Americans said they don’t believe Mr. Trump has been “honest and truthful when it comes to the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and related matters.”

On the other side, 37 percent of voters in the poll said they think the president has been honest.

Political affiliation held a large sway over respondent beliefs, with 6 percent of Democrats, 27 percent of independents and 75 percent of Republicans saying that Mr. Trump was being forthcoming.

Choice of political show also held weight, with 84 percent of Fox News, 21 percent of MSNBC and 1 percent of CNN users saying that Mr. Trump was honest.

“Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd presented the findings Sunday on the show, and one of his guests, Democratic pollster Fred Yang, said the results tell “us that you get your reality from what channel you watch.”

The poll was conducted among 900 adults, 720 registered voters, over the phone. The margin of error is plus or minus 6.3 percentage points for Democratic primary voters, plus or minus 6.8 percentage points for GOP primary voters, plus or minus 3.7 percentage points for registered voters and plus or minus 3.3 percentage points overall.