Most Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of Putin summit - poll

Most Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of Putin summit - poll

A majority of Americans disapprove of the way US President Donald Trump handled the summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a CBS News poll finds.

According to the poll results, 55% of respondents said they disapproved of Trump's handling of the summit (83% of Democrats and 53% of independents). Just 21% of Republicans disapprove - with 68% of Republicans saying the approve of how Trump dealt with the meeting.

Overall, 32% approve of the President's handling of the summit (8% of Democrats and 29% of independents).

Seven in 10 Americans believe findings by US intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, though a larger share of Democrats do (89%) than independents (67%) or Republicans (51%). More than four-in-10 Republicans (42%) say they do not believe the intelligence assessments.

Forty-six percent of Americans say the President's approach to Russia is too friendly, up from 35% in April 2017, CNN reported.

Looking ahead to 2018, 61% of Americans say they are very or somewhat concerned about Russian interference in the midterm elections (87% of Democrats, 38% of Republicans).

More than six-in-10 Republicans (61%) say they are not very or not at all concerned about possible interference.

The CBS News poll was conducted by telephone July 17-18, 2018 among a random sample of 1,007 adults nationwide. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4%.

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