WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Over 50 percent of respondents contend that the whistleblower associated with Trump’s Ukraine dispute, should present his testimony in person to Congress.
- Findings from a poll conducted by Hill-HarrisX on Tuesday revealed that 35 percent of voters said the person’s testimony should be given in private while 14 percent think there’s no need to testify.
- The survey comes as Democrats are taking steps to ensure the secrecy of the whistleblower’s identity for fears that it might be leaked by Republican colleagues.
A Hill-HarrisX survey released Tuesday reported more than half of voters saying the whistleblower involved in President Trump’s Ukraine controversy should publicly present his testimony on Capitol Hill.
The poll comes as House Democrats deliberate over whether the whistleblower’s identity should be concealed.
According to the poll, 51 percent of total registered voters think the whistleblower should testify before Congress, while 35 percent of respondents said the person should privately give evidence in a congressional committee hearing. Only 14 percent said the whistleblower need not testify at all.
In the poll, Democrats were the most divided. While 48 percent said it is better if the whistleblower presents public testimony, 43 percent favors private testimony.
Among Republicans and Independents, 54 percent and 52 percent respectively, want the whistleblower to testify publicly.
On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that Democratic lawmakers are taking safety measures in protecting the whistleblower over risks that Republican fellow lawmakers could expose the person’s identity.
Officials familiar with the situation said those precautions include contorting the person’s appearance, having them testify in a secluded location or conducting a staff-only meeting that would ban attendance by lawmakers to prevent them from asking questions.
According to the August complaint that was publicized last month, the whistleblower claimed that Trump attempted to force Ukraine into digging up information on former Vice President Joe Biden. The complaint triggered Democrats to initiate an impeachment inquiry into the president.
The survey by Hill-HarrisX was carried out online from October 6 to 7 involving 1,000 voters. For the total sampling, the margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
Source: The HILL