36% Believe FBI Illegally Spied on Trump Campaign; 39% Disagree

Thirty-six percent (36%) of voters believe the FBI illegally spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 39% disagree and 25% are not sure.

Not surprisingly, there is a wide partisan divide on this question. By a 62% to 15% margin, Republicans believe that the FBI did spy illegally on the Trump campaign. By a 63% to 16% margin, Democrats take the opposite view. Independent voters are evenly divided: 35% believe there was illegal spying and 35% disagree (see crosstab results).

These results are very similar to data collected a couple of weeks ago, immediately after Attorney General Will Barr first suggested a need to investigate the possibility of such illegal spying.

The survey also found that 45% believe the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign was motivated primarily by political considerations. Thirty-six percent (36%) believe national security concerns drove the investigation and 19% are not sure.

Just 34% of voters are aware that Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid for the secret dossier used by the FBI to obtain search warrants on Trump campaign officials. Eighteen percent (18%) mistakenly believe her campaign did not while 48% are not sure.

Of those who were aware that the Clinton campaign funded the dossier, just half (46%) recognized that the FBI did not inform the courts about who paid for the information.  Overall, that means just 16% of voters recognize that the Clinton campaign funded the dossier and that the FBI did not disclose that information to the courts.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted April 25-26, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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