According to a new poll released on March 18, half of Americans share President Trump’s view that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian investigation is a “witch hunt.”
The USA Today/Suffolk University survey found that 50 percent of those questioned agree that the probe is a politically motivated “witch hunt,” while 47 percent disagree. Another 3 percent said they were undecided.
In his usual style, President Trump responded to the results of the poll on Twitter, saying, “Wow! A Suffolk/USA Today Poll, just out, states, ‘50% of Americans AGREE that Robert Mueller’s investigation is a Witch Hunt.’ @MSNBC Very few think it is legit! We will soon find out?”
What About Impeachment?
In the same poll, when asked if the Democratic-controlled House should seriously consider impeachment of Trump, 62 percent said no, 28 percent said yes and 10 percent were undecided.
According to the New York Post, David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk Political Research Center, said the poll shows that Trump has successfully persuaded Americans to adopt his view of Mueller’s investigation.
“Even among people who said they had ‘some’ trust in the Mueller investigation, half agreed with President Trump’s ‘witch hunt’ allegation,” Paleologos said.
As usual, there was a significant partisan divide, with 86 percent of Republicans agreeing Trump is the victim of a “witch hunt,” but only 14 percent of Democrats.
Among independents, the figure was 54 percent.
Will Americans Trust the Results of the Mueller Probe?
Questioned about whether they thought Mueller’s probe would be fair and accurate, 55 percent of voters said they have “a lot” or “some” trust in the investigation and 36 percent said they have “little or no trust.”
But 82 percent agreed that it is “very” or “somewhat important” that the Justice Department release Mueller’s final report to the public.
According to the Post, Americans were also torn about the investigations of the president launched in the House by Democrats after they won a majority in the November midterm elections.
While 49 percent said Democrats were “doing the right thing,” 46 percent said they were “going to far.”