CNN Poll: Only 18% Back Pardon for Libby

By: E&P Staff

You might get a different impression from the tone of the media coverage, but a new CNN poll finds that less than 1 in 5 Americans back a pardon for former top White House and vice presidential aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

Nearly 70 % of Americans oppose a presidential pardon for Libby after his conviction on perjury and other charges related to the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame.

Just 18% percent said they would support a pardon for Libby. “Meanwhile,” CNN reports, “a narrow majority said they believe Cheney was part of a cover-up in the case.”

In an example of the pardon-friendly coverage to date, Andrea Mitchell of NBC said on “Hardball” tonight that polling “indicates that most people think, in fact, that he should be pardoned. Scooter Libby should be pardoned.”

The new poll was conducted for CNN by Opinion Research Corp. between Friday and Sunday. Pollsters quizzed 1,027 adults for the survey, which had a sampling error of 3 percentage points.

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