47% say Obama knew spy­ing on Trump

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — An­drew Blake

Vot­ers are split on whether they be­lieve the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion knew of surveil­lance of Pres­i­dent Trump’s White House cam­paign more than a month after Mr. Trump made the charge, new polling sug­gests.

Roughly half of re­spon­dents an­swered each way when asked whether it was likely for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama or his top aides were aware that U.S. in­tel­li­gence agen­cies were spy­ing on the Trump cam­paign and tran­si­tion team, ac­cord­ing to a new Ras­mussen poll.

Forty-seven per­cent of likely U.S. vot­ers said it was at least some­what likely that Mr. Obama or his clos­est ad­vis­ers knew, in­clud­ing 32 per­cent who said the sce­nario was “very likely,” ac­cord­ing to Ras­mussen.

Forty-two per­cent of re­spon­dents said it isn’t likely Mr. Obama knew about the spy­ing, mean­while, in­clud­ing 27 per­cent who told poll­sters that the for­mer pres­i­dent likely had no idea at all about surveil­lance op­er­a­tions tar­get­ing the Trump team.

Mon­day’s polling stems from in­ter­views con­ducted on­line and over the phone last week with 1,000 likely U.S. vot­ers, Ras­mussen said.

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