Majority Americans ‘strongly’ opposed to Manafort pardon: poll

Majority Americans ‘strongly’ opposed to Manafort pardon: poll

Paul Manafort enters U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. , on June 15, when a judge ordered him jailed. (Photo © 2018 Doug Christian)

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.

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