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Poll: Michael Cohen guilty plea unconnected to Trump, GOPers say

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  • A poll found that most GOP voters don’t think the plea
    deal for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer,
    has much to do with the president.
  • Their view is the opposite of the country at large, the
    poll found.

Most Republicans don’t think the plea deal reached by President
Donald Trump’s former longtime lawyer has much to do with the
president, a USA Today/Suffolk University
poll found Wednesday
.

In the survey, 62% of Republicans answered that Michael Cohen’s
plea deal didn’t “have much to do with” Trump. Just 18% of
Republicans said the agreement raised “serious questions about”
Trump’s behavior.

But that opinion was virtually the opposite of the public at
large. Among all voters surveyed, 61% said Cohen’s plea deal
raised serious questions about Trump’s behavior, while 27% said
it didn’t have much to do with Trump. Among Democrats, the split
was 85% to 8%. Among independent voters, the split was 76% to
14%.

Last week, Cohen pleaded guilty in
federal court
 to five counts of tax evasion, one count
of making a false statement to a financial institution, and two
counts related to campaign-finance violations. While the first
six counts were not related to Trump, the last two were.

On those last two charges, Cohen said under oath that Trump
directed him to arrange hush payments to women to boost his
candidacy.

The campaign-finance violations were in connection to payments to
the former Playboy model Karen McDougal and the adult-film actor
Stormy Daniels to silence their allegations of affairs years ago
with Trump.

Altogether, Cohen faced 65 years in prison for the crimes to
which he pleaded guilty, but the agreement makes it likely he
faces a sentence between three and five years instead. Cohen
could shorten that further by cooperating with the government’s
ongoing investigations.

The USA Today/Suffolk University poll broke down the poll results
into some further subsections:

  • Among respondents who trusted Fox News more than any other TV
    news outlet, 67% said the Cohen plea deal had little to do with
    Trump.
  • Just 16% said it raised serious questions about the
    president’s conduct.
  • A whopping 91% of respondents whose most trusted network is
    MSNBC and 83% of those surveyed who chose CNN said the plea deal
    raised serious questions about Trump’s behavior.
  • Just 6% of respondents whose most trusted network is MSNBC
    and 10% of those who selected CNN said Cohen’s agreement didn’t
    have much to do with Trump.

USA Today/Suffolk University polled
1,000 registered voters between Thursday and Tuesday. The margin
of error is 3 percentage points.

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