Jul 24, 2018

51% of American voters believe Russia has something on Trump

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladamir Putin at Helsinki Summit. Photo: Xinhua/Lehtikuva/Heikki Saukkomaa via Getty Images

About 51% of American voters believe "that the Russian government has compromising information about President Trump," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. 

Why it matters: Based on Trump's responses from the Helsinki press conference, lawmakers have expressed criticism as to whether Russian President Vladimir Putin holds damaging information over President Trump.

  • 54% of voters say Trump was not acting in the best interest of the U.S. at the Helsinki summit.
  • 73% say the summit was a success for Russia.
  • 70% of Republicans don't believe there is compromising information against President Trump.
  • Trump’s approval rating is at 38% compared to 43% after the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to the poll.
  • 63% of voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" that the Russian government may try to interfere in the 2018 elections, as 36% are "not so concerned" or "not concerned at all." 

The other side: Several polls have been released based on the effects of the Helsinki summit. One consistency is a majority of Republicans still back Trump's judgement.

From July 18 - 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,177 voters nationwide, with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points, including design effect.

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