President Trump meeting with mayors across the country. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The majority of Americans on both sides of the political spectrum agree that presidents should not be able to pardon themselves, and if they do, most think they should be impeached, according to a new AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.

The big picture: Earlier this month, President Trump said he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself, and had his legal team write a memo to confirm as much.

By the numbers:

  • 85% of Americans surveyed think presidential self-pardons when charged with a crime are "unacceptable," while 13% said they are "acceptable."
  • Just below that, 76% believe Congress should take steps to remove a president from office if they did so, while 20% they should not.
  • Splitting party lines, 75% of Republicans think a president shouldn't self-pardon if criminally charged, and 56% believe that president should be impeached. More than 90% of Democrats agree.

Go deeper: Reactions to Trump's self-pardon tweets.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 3,035,231 — Total deaths: 132,042 — Total recoveries: 936,476 — Total tested: 36,878,106Map.
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Why it matters: High-powered social media accelerates the spread of lies and political polarization that motivates people to believe them. Unless the public health sphere can effectively counter misinformation, not even an effective vaccine may be enough to end the pandemic.

Tulsa health official: Trump rally "likely contributed" to coronavirus spike

President Trump speaks at his campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. on June 20, 2020. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump's campaign rally and related protests in Tulsa in late June "more than likely" contributed to the area's recent surge in confirmed coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday.

Why it matters: Public health officials, including Dart himself, had urged the campaign to postpone the rally, fearing that a large indoor gathering with few people wearing masks could accelerate the spread of the virus.