Belief in Trump Collusion With Russia Split Along Party Lines

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A new national Pew Research Center poll released Thursday shows that President Donald Trump's approval rating is declining among demographic groups that previously gave him relatively high numbers, particularly among evangelicals.

The partisan lines are less pronounced with regard to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's Russian Federation probe, though they are still present.

According to the survey's results, 81% of those who consider the investigation to be politically motivated are Republicans, while only 23% of Democrats share this opinion. According to Pew, 29 percent of respondents said the campaign officials "probably" did, while 30 percent said they "definitely" did.

At the same time, 67% of Americans believe that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's decision to plead guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about contact with the Russian ambassador and cooperate with the special counsel is a serious matter for the Trump administration.

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He also said that it could prompt the Turkish government to cut diplomatic ties with Israel. Trump signed that waiver on Wednesday.

Eighteen percent believe there were probably no improper contacts, and 17 percent said there definitely were not.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Only 12 percent of those who said there was probably or definitely no improper contact held the same view.

Pew's report on the poll noted that Trump's approval rating has been fairly stagnant since October, when it was at 34%, but has decreased since February, when it was 39%.

His job approval ratings among Democrats remain mostly unchanged at 7 percent.

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