Almost six in 10 voters (58%) said they felt Trump's decision to share sensitive information about ISIS with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during an Oval Office meeting last week was "inappropriate", the poll found, while just 22% said they felt the disclosure was appropriate. Ten percent replied that they "don't know" or have no opinion. When questioned about the reports that Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to stop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, 50% of voters thought it was inappropriate of Trump to fire Comey.
The White House has denied wrongdoing in both instances.
58% disapproved of Trump's move to share classified information with the Russian officials last week while 41% percent said they were not confident in the President's ability to handle classified information.
Morning Consult conducted its latest survey of 1,970 registered voters via online surveys from May 16-18. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. But a plurality of voters (44 percent) said those officials were right to leak the information to the media, arguing that it was necessary to alert our global allies and the public about major breaches in national security protocol.
The Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced May 17 that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will serve as special counsel tasked with overseeing an investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
Reports that Trump disclosed very sensitive classified material obtained from a Middle East ally regarding the threat of a terrorist attack was widely seen by voters: 84 percent said they'd heard "a lot" or "some" about the disclosure.