December 16, 2018 | 3:06pm
WASHINGTON — New polling shows that 62 percent of Americans don’t believe President Trump when he talks about the Russia probe.
Pollsters conducting the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which was released Sunday, asked Americans if they thought Trump “had been honest and truthful” when it comes to the investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 election.
Thirty-four percent said they agreed with that statement. Of those, 18 percent strongly felt that Trump was being truthful, while another 16 percent said they somewhat thought Trump was being honest.
The biggest chunk of Americans, 51 percent, strongly disagreed, while 11 percent said they somewhat disagreed.
The survey also found that the percentage who believe Trump is implicated in his associates’ crimes has grown.
Last December, 36 percent of Americans pointed a finger at Trump when asked if he had done wrongdoing related to his associates’ crimes. At the time, 28 percent said the responsibility ended with the individuals who have been indicted.
In the new poll, 46 percent of Americans said they thought Trump had done something wrong, while 23 percent said only Trump’s associates were responsible.
About a third of Americans – 35 percent – told pollsters they thought Trump had brought the right kind of change to the country, while 43 percent said he’d brought in the wrong kind of change.
And now nearly half of Americans – 48 percent – want Congressional Democrats to lead policy for the country. Another 21 percent want Congressional Republicans in charge, with 19 percent selecting Trump. This is down from a high water mark of 33 percent choosing Trump in February 2017, a month after the president took office.
Thirty-three percent of respondents also said that Trump had not gotten the message voters sent him by electing a Democratic House of Representatives during last month’s midterm elections. Another 22 percent said they believed Trump had gotten the message, but was not making adjustments. Just 10 percent said Trump had gotten the message and is making adjustments.
Trump continues to have solid support from about one-quarter of the country, with 23 percent of registered voters telling pollsters they’d definitely vote for Trump in 2020. Another 18 percent said they’d probably vote to re-elect the Republican commander-in-chief.
Though resistance to Trump is even broader, with 39 percent saying they’d definitely vote for the Democratic candidate, while another 13 percent said they’d probably vote for whomever the Democrats pick.