Poll: Majority Feel Russia Hysteria Is Distracting Congress From More Important Stuff

Posted: Jun 24, 2017 12:00 PM

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) alluded to this a couple of days ago, and now we have polling that shows that Americans are really getting sick of the Russian collusion stories. Democrats are still raging over Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump, they think Russia screwed them over, and they want to find something to nullify the results of the election by booting Trump from office. There has to be something impeachable, right? Well, so far zero evidence has been found to suggest collusion occurred between trump campaign officials and the Russians. Every update has more undisclosed meetings, but no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion. Of course, that’s buried five or six paragraphs down in the story. After months of investigating, debating, and whining about this issue, the American people want Congress to move to other more important issues (via The Hill):

Sixty-four percent of voters said the investigations into President Trump and Russia are hurting the country. Fifty-six percent of voters said it’s time for Congress and the media to move on to other issues, compared to 44 percent who said the focus should stay on Russia.

But other surveys have found strong support for the special counsel investigating the Russia probe. A Harvard-Harris survey released last month found 75 percent support for former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s investigation.

There is evidence in the Harvard-Harris survey that voters are taking the investigations seriously: Fifty-eight percent say they’re concerned by allegations of obstruction of justice against Trump, with the same number worried about possible dealings between Trump and the Russian government.

But far more — 73 percent — say they’re concerned that the Russia probes have caused Congress to lose focus on the issues important to them. That figure encompasses 81 percent of Republicans, 74 percent of independents and 68 percent of Democrats.

 And let’s be clear: it’s the Democrats who are keeping this circus going.