SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Not even one month into his first term as Utah's attorney general, John Swallow should give up the job -- according to a new survey.
The Brigham Young University Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy polled hundreds of Utah voters this month. Of those who knew of Swallow's recent controversy -- in which he was accused of trying to bribe Nevada Senator Harry Reid, to kill a federal investigation -- 17 percent said the Utah AG acted illegally. 41 percent said he did something unethical, but not illegal.
Of those who believe Swallow acted illegally or unethically, 49 percent said he should resign. Just 34 percent said he should remain in office.
Swallow is accused of offering to pay Sen. Reid $600,000, in exchange for dropping a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit against disgraced Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson -- who had been indicted on mail fraud and money laundering charges related to his Internet business, iWorks. Johnson claims he paid nearly $250,000 to Swallow for the favor.
Swallow has denied the allegations and, earlier this month, called upon the U.S. Attorney to investigate the matter. The Deseret News contributed to this report
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