CNN Poll: Majority Say Trump Campaign Coordinated With Russia

Media get higher marks for helping prevent future election meddling

The vast majority of respondents in a new poll from CNN say they believe the charges filed against some in the Trump campaign reflect an effort by the campaign to coordinate with Russia, CNN said.

While the President has dismissed charges of coordination, only 6% agree with him. A whopping 83% said it was either a "widespread" effort (39%) or a limited effort ("just a few people") to coordinate. Only 6% said they thought there was no effort to coordinate with Russia.

The investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russia clearly appear to have taken a toll (the President has slammed CNN and other media outlets for their coverage), with 44% of respondents saying they are very concerned about the reports, up from 27% in July, shortly after the story broke about Trump confidantes and advisors meeting with a Russian lawyer.

Still, the survey showed some improvement in views of how the President is handling that investigation, with 34% saying they approve, up from 31% in August, and 54% saying they disapprove, down from 59% in August. Still, the majority do not approve.

And while the president continues to hammer the media, the survey found that more people think the media are doing "enough" to prevent foreign countries from influencing future elections than think the president is (37%). Both scored higher than social media sites Twitter, Google and Facebook a 35%. Those three have been much in the news, and on the minds of legislators, given the Russian ads and social media posts they hosted.

President Trump has a 36% approval rating in CNN's poll, down a percentage point from October, which was a new low in the news network's polling of his support, though it is within the margin of error.

His disapproval rating was also billed as at a new high, at 58%, also up just one percentage point.

The poll was conducted for CNN by SSRS Nov. 2-5 among 1,021 respondents. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.