Politics

Poll: Majority Says Sessions Should Resign for Lying Under Oath

And majority think illegal immigrants should stay

Majority of voters feel that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, center, lied in his hearing before the Sente Judiciary Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A slight majority in a new poll say that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied at his confirmation hearings and should resign.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found that 52 percent of the voters think Sessions lied under oath, and 51 percent feel he should resign, while 40 percent and 42 percent of respondents, respectively, felt the opposite.

“The gavel comes down hard on Attorney General Jeff Sessions,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“He lied and he should quit because of it, say Americans, who are clearly very concerned about the Russian affair and all the administration personnel involved with it,” he said.

Among other questions around the relationship between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials, 61 percent said they were “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned.” A similar number of voters consider the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election  “very important” or “somewhat important.”

In addition, 54 percent of respondents said they disapproved of the way Trump is handling U.S. policy towards Russia, while 32 percent think the other way.

As a result of those concerns, 60 percent were in favor of independent investigations into potential links between some of Trump’s campaign advisers and the Russian government, while 30 percent were opposed.

Support for allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. and eventually become citizens reached its highest level since Quinnipiac University began asking the question in 2012.

Sixty-three percent of those surveyed agreed that illegal immigrants should stay and apply for citizenship, while 11 percent said they should stay but not be allowed to become citizens, and 23 percent said they should leave the country.

As to the issue of transgender students, slightly more people think that public schools should allow them to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity — 48 percent to 45 percent.

The poll surveyed 1,323 registered voters nationwide from March 2 to 6, and had a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.

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