Poll: 73% support charging Bergdahl if he deserted

More Americans disapprove than approve of the prisoner exchange that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity – especially if it’s established that he deserted his post. And if he did desert, nearly three-quarters say Bergdahl should be charged with a crime.

Fifty-one percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll are critical of the deal, in which the Obama administration exchanged five Taliban detainees for Bergdahl; 39 percent approve, and strong disapprovers outnumber strong approvers by 2-1.

Moreover, if it’s found that Bergdahl deserted his post before his capture five years ago, as some reports have suggested, disapproval of the exchange rises to 63 percent, and more, 73 percent, support charging him with a military crime.