Half of Americans Believe Russia Probe is ‘Witch Hunt' Against Trump, Poll
USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll reveals public in Mueller is falling
A new poll has revealed that half of Americans believe that Presdient Donald Trump is the victim of a “witch hunt” regarding special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian election meddling.
According to the USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, public trust surrounding Mueller’s ongoing probe into President Donald Trump’s alleged 'Russian collusion' is now falling.
The poll asked 1,000 registered voters what they thought about the investigation, which has already cost the taxpayer more than $25 million, and found that half of the pollsters agreed that the Mueller investigation is a “witch hunt."
The public sentient echoed rump’s consistent claims of being investigated for political reasons rather than reliable and credible allegations of wrongdoing.
Just 47 percent disagreed, while 3 percent did not have an opinion.
But the question is still showing partisan divisions.
86 percent of Republicans say Trump is the victim of a “witch hunt.”
While just 14 percent of Democrats AGREE.
Trump in a tweet welcomed the poll result:
“Wow! A Suffolk/USA Today Poll, just out, states, ’50 percent of Americans agree that Robert Mueller’s investigation is a witch hunt,” Trump said.
“MSNBC Very few think it is legit! We will soon find out.”
David Paleologos, Suffolk Political Research Center Director, said that Trump’s very persuasive communication skills had been a critical factor in swaying public opinion.
“Even among people who said they had ‘some’ trust in the Mueller investigation, half agreed with President Trump’s witch hunt allegation,” he told USA TODAY.
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?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019
What the Democrats have done in trying to steal a Presidential Election, first at the “ballot box” and then, after that failed, with the “Insurance Policy,” is the biggest Scandal in the history of our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019
Many people who answered the poll do believe Trump's assertions he is being targeted.
“Trump, he gets badgered every single day,” said Republican Robert Lynch, 62.
He added: “say no collusion, absolutely none.”
According to the Epoch times: The biggest percentage of respondents to date believe Trump’s denials are highly credible, at 30 percent, while support for the House of Representatives to view impeaching the president is dwindling by ten percentage points to just 28 percent, compared to that in October 2018.
This downward trend could be explained by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) recent remark that any attempt to remove Trump from office will not be worthwhile and even further divide the nation.
Overall 53 percent of Democrats support impeachment compared to 6 percent of Republicans.
The president accused the Democrats of trying to use impeachment to “steal” the U.S. presidency away from him.
“What the Democrats have done in trying to steal a presidential election, first at the ‘ballot box’ and then, after that failed, with the ‘Insurance Policy,’ is the biggest scandal in the history of our country,” Trump said in a Twitter post.
The survey also reveals the nation is nearly evenly divided on Trump’s honesty and leadership style, with 52 percent saying they either do not trust or have little trust in the president’s denials that his campaign colluded with Moscow to win the election.
This figure is five percentage points lower than it was in 2018, suggesting that more people now are believing the president.
Only 28 percent of people surveyed still trust the FBI and that Director Mueller’s investigation has been conducted fairly and accurately, down 5 points since December and representing the lowest level to-date.
As part of the investigation, Mueller also took over several other existing FBI investigations, including those into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort.
Manafort was recently sentenced to a total of 7.5 years in federal prison for financial crimes unrelated to the Russian interference investigation.
Mueller is due to deliver his final report to Attorney General Bill Barr shortly.