Washington, D.C., September 24, 2019 – A new Reuters/Ipsos public opinion survey of 1,005 Americans shows that 74% of Americans have heard of the situation involving President Trump, Joe Biden and the president of Ukraine, and 17% say they have heard a “great deal” about it. When asked what they have heard about Trump, Biden and the president of Ukraine:
- 37% say they heard that the story came about because of a whistleblower complaint that the administration tried to cover up;
- 29% say they heard President Trump is trying to coerce Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden;
- 27% say they heard President Trump is abusing the power of the office of the presidency;
- 14% say they heard Joe Biden has improperly pushed for the firing of a Ukrainian general prosecutor.
When asked what they think of the situation involving Trump, Biden, and Ukraine, 39% say that President Trump is trying to smear Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign, 26% say they believe Joe Biden is trying to cover up a potential scandal that could hurt him in the 2020 presidential campaign, and 35% are unsure. Partisanship plays a large role in perceptions: 72% of Democratic registered voters believe Trump is trying to smear Biden, compared to just 17% of Republican registered voters. More than half of Republican registered voters believe that Biden is trying to cover up a potential scandal (53%) compared to just 9% of Democratic registered voters who feel the same way.
Read the full Reuters story here.
About this Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between September 23-24, 2019 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,005 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 876 registered voters, 374 Democratic registered voters, 381 Republican registered voters, and 90 Independent registered voters. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error. The poll also has a credibility interval plus or minus 3.8 percentage points for registered voters, plus or minus 5.8 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, plus or minus 5.7 percentage points for Republican registered voters, plus or minus 11.8 percentage points for Independent registered voters.
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