WASHINGTON— A 53 percent majority of Americans are strongly opposed to the prospect of President Donald Trump giving former campaign chair Paul Manafort a pardon, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Friday.
An additional 13 percent said that they were “somewhat” opposed to a pardon.
In contrast, only 18 percent of respondents said that they would approve of a Manafort pardon, with 9 percent saying they were “strongly” in favor and 9 percent “somewhat.”
Manafort was found guilty on eight counts of bank and tax fraud on Aug. 21. A mistrial was declared on the 10 other counts. He faces a maximum of 80 years in prison.
Trump has since emphasized that he feels badly for Manafort, who served as his campaign chair on 2016, but has declined to specifically address a potential pardon.
The poll found that 67 percent of respondents said they believed the verdict was justified while 17 percent said it was unjustified.
The poll also found a record high disapproval rate for the president, with 60 percent disapproving of his performance and 36 percent approving.
The survey was conducted among 1,003 respondents between August 26-29. There is a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.