Many Americans 'just don't care that much' about Trump investigations, says pollster

Pollster Emily Ekins on Monday told Hill.TV that she doesn't think a large number of Americans necessarily care a lot about the congressional and federal investigations surrounding President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE and his 2016 campaign, pointing to recent polling on the issue.

"I think that a lot of Americans out there just don't care that much about these investigations," Ekins, polling director at the Cato Institute, told host Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking.

"What we're seeing in the polls is a lot of people actually don't have strong opinions about the key players in these investigations," she continued. 

"Polls have shown that about 30 to 40 percent of Americans have either never heard of or have no opinion at all about people like Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE or Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer DOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr's Russia probe interviews MORE," she said. "These are people that you'd expect them to know."

Ekins added that Americans could turn against Trump if there was a significant development in the Mueller probe. 

"Now if the investigation uncovered something real and concrete and clear, that would absolutely make a difference, including for a certain set of pivotal voters in Trump's coalition. They would turn against him," she said. 

Trump has repeatedly decried special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling as a "witch hunt," and has accused congressional Democrats of "presidential harassment" in their investigations into him, his administration, and businesses.

Trump on Monday seized on a newly released poll that showed half of those surveyed agree with his assessment that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is a "witch hunt."

Pollsters asked participants if they agreed with Trump that the special counsel's probe into Russia's election interference is a "witch hunt," and that he's been subjected to more investigations than past presidents because of politics.

Half of those surveyed said they agreed, and 47 percent said they did not.

— Julia Manchester