June 8, 2018 - U.S. Voters Oppose Steel Tariff, Back China Levy, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; FBI Did Not Spy On Trump Campaign, Voters Say Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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American voters oppose 50 - 31 percent tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, with Republicans the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group supporting the measure, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.

Voters do support 52 - 36 percent raising tariffs on products imported from China, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds. Democrats and black voters are the only listed groups opposed to this measure.

There are wide party, gender and racial divisions as American voters disapprove 51 - 40 percent of the way President Donald Trump is handling trade:
  • Republicans approve 78 - 15 percent. Disapproval is 83 - 8 percent among Democrats and 52 - 38 percent among independent voters;
  • Women disapprove 54 - 34 percent. Men are divided as 46 percent approve and 47 percent disapprove;
  • Disapproval is 73 - 14 percent among black voters and 58 - 31 percent among Hispanic voters. White voters are divided 46 - 46 percent.
President Trump should not fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, voters say 70 - 13 percent. Republicans say 50 - 23 percent Trump should not fire Mueller.

The Special Counsel is conducting a "fair" investigation into possible links between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government, voters say 50 - 35 percent.

"Half of American voters give Special Counsel Robert Mueller good grades on fairness, and a big majority, including 50 percent of Republicans, say President Donald Trump should keep hands off," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"That does not mean they believe there's a case to be made for links between the Trump campaign and the Russians. The phrase 'witch hunt' is on the lips of 44 percent of American voters.

"The president bashes the agency, but more Americans are supportive of the FBI."

"President Trump's push to punish China with tariffs is shared by the consumers, many of whom likely buy Chinese products," Malloy added.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible links between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government is "legitimate," 48 percent of voters say, while 44 percent say it is a "political witch hunt."

There are wide party, gender and racial divisions on the "witch hunt" question:
  • Republicans call it a "witch hunt" 81 - 12 percent. Democrats say 82 - 13 percent it is "legitimate." Independent voters are divided as 48 percent say "legitimate" and 44 percent say "witch hunt;"
  • Men say "witch hunt" 50 - 45 percent, while women say "legitimate" 52 - 39 percent;
  • White voters say "witch hunt" 52 - 43 percent. Black voters say 74 - 18 percent and Hispanic voters say 45 - 39 percent the investigation is "legitimate."
The FBI's use of a confidential informant in its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was "routine procedure," 56 percent of American voters say, while 33 percent agree with Trump that the FBI spied on the Trump campaign. Republicans are the only listed group who believe the "spy" allegation.

American voters have a 49 - 29 percent favorable opinion of the FBI. Republicans are the only group with an unfavorable opinion.

From May 3l - June 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,223 voters nationwide, with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts nationwide public opinion surveys, and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and Texas as a public service and for research.

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23. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling - trade?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              40%    78%     8%    38%    46%    34%    40%    52%
Disapprove           51     15     83     52     47     54     54     37
DK/NA                 9      8     10     10      7     12      6     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              41%    37%    43%    38%    53%    39%    46%    14%    31%
Disapprove           51     51     50     53     43     48     46     73     58
DK/NA                 8     12      7      9      4     13      9     13     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling trade?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2018         40      51       9
Apr 10, 2018         40      52       8
Mar 06, 2018         34      54      13
May 10, 2017         38      49      13
 
 
26. Do you support or oppose imposing a 25% tariff on steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminum imports?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              31%    56%     9%    31%    37%    25%    29%    38%
Oppose               50     20     72     52     50     50     54     39
DK/NA                19     23     19     17     13     25     17     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              30%    26%    35%    29%    40%    28%    34%    12%    31%
Oppose               49     57     47     50     48     45     47     65     55
DK/NA                21     17     17     20     11     27     20     23     14
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose imposing a 25% tariff on steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminum imports?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2018         31      50      19
Mar 06, 2018         31      50      19
 
 
27. Do you support or oppose raising tariffs on products imported from China?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              52%    75%    27%    55%    54%    49%    51%    56%
Oppose               36     14     57     35     39     34     40     27
DK/NA                12     12     16     10      7     17      8     17
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              51%    47%    56%    51%    58%    50%    54%    38%    48%
Oppose               37     41     33     34     35     32     33     49     39
DK/NA                11     12     12     15      7     18     13     13     13
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose raising tariffs on products imported from China?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2018         52      36      12
Apr 11, 2018         44      45      11
 
 
28. Is your opinion of the FBI favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            49%    29%    69%    49%    48%    50%    56%    38%
Unfavorable          29     47     11     29     36     24     28     35
Hvn't hrd enough     18     19     16     19     14     21     12     23
REFUSED               4      6      4      2      2      5      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            46%    47%    52%    54%    47%    48%    47%    54%    50%
Unfavorable          29     31     28     27     39     25     32     19     29
Hvn't hrd enough     22     20     16     15     12     23     17     22     21
REFUSED               4      2      3      4      2      5      4      5      1
 
 
34. If the Democratic party wins control of the House of Representatives in 2018, would you like to see them begin the process to impeach President Trump, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Impeach          36%     5%    66%    35%    29%    42%    30%    25%
No                   57     94     23     57     65     49     64     67
DK/NA                 8      1     10      8      6      9      7      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Impeach          47%    37%    34%    31%    21%    34%    28%    54%    60%
No                   46     56     60     59     74     57     65     35     35
DK/NA                 6      6      6     10      5      9      7     11      5
 
TREND: If the Democratic party wins control of the House of Representatives in 2018, would you like to see them begin the process to impeach President Trump, or not?
                     Yes/
                     Impeach No      DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2018         36      57       8
Apr 26, 2018         38      55       7
Jan 10, 2018         45      51       5
 
 
39. As you may know, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to oversee the criminal investigation into any links or coordination between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government. Do you think that he is conducting a fair investigation into this matter, or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Fair             50%    25%    73%    51%    47%    52%    55%    39%
No                   35     54     16     36     40     30     32     42
DK/NA                15     21     11     13     12     18     13     19
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Fair             43%    47%    54%    54%    45%    49%    47%    64%    44%
No                   38     34     35     34     43     32     37     21     37
DK/NA                19     19     12     13     12     19     16     15     19
 
TREND: As you may know, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to oversee the criminal investigation into any links or coordination between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government. Do you think that he is conducting a fair investigation into this matter, or not?
                     Yes/
                     Fair    No      DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2018         50      35      15
Apr 26, 2018         54      31      15
Apr 10, 2018         52      32      17
Mar 07, 2018         58      28      14
Feb 06, 2018         56      28      16
Jan 11, 2018         59      26      15
Dec 12, 2017         58      29      13
Nov 15, 2017         60      27      13
 
 
40. Do you think President Trump should fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Fire             13%    23%     5%    10%    14%    11%    10%    16%
No                   70     50     84     75     73     68     78     58
DK/NA                17     27     12     14     12     21     12     25
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Fire             20%    10%    10%    13%    14%    12%    13%     2%    21%
No                   61     69     76     73     73     64     68     87     65
DK/NA                19     22     14     14     13     24     19     11     14
 
TREND: Do you think President Trump should fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, or don't you think so?
                     Yes/
                     Fire    No      DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2018         13      70      17
Apr 26, 2018         13      74      12
Apr 10, 2018         13      69      18
 
 
41. Do you think that the investigation into any links or coordination between President Trump's 2016 election campaign and the Russian government is a legitimate investigation, or do you think it is a political witch hunt?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Legitimate           48%    12%    82%    48%    45%    52%    51%    34%
Political witch hunt 44     81     13     44     50     39     43     60
DK/NA                 7      7      5      8      5      9      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Legitimate           45%    49%    51%    49%    38%    47%    43%    74%    45%
Political witch hunt 46     41     45     45     58     46     52     18     39
DK/NA                 9     10      3      5      5      7      6      8     16
 
TREND: Do you think that the investigation into any links or coordination between President Trump's 2016 election campaign and the Russian government is a legitimate investigation, or do you think it is a political witch hunt?
                     Legit-  Witch
                     mate    Hunt    DK/NA
 
Jun 08, 2018         48      44       7
Apr 26, 2018         52      44       4
Mar 07, 2018         53      42       5
Feb 06, 2018         50      42       7
Jan 18, 2018         52      43       5
 
 
42. It has been reported that the FBI had a confidential informant speak to some people involved with the Trump campaign during its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. President Trump says that this means his campaign was spied on, while other officials say that this is routine procedure for an FBI investigation. Do you think that the Trump campaign was spied on, or do you think that it was routine procedure?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Spied on             33%    66%     7%    30%    40%    28%    34%    44%
Routine procedure    56     20     83     61     53     58     56     46
DK/NA                11     14     10      9      8     14     10     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Spied on             29%    32%    37%    36%    46%    32%    39%    14%    28%
Routine procedure    62     54     57     52     46     55     51     80     54
DK/NA                10     14      7     12      8     13     11      6     18