Pollster: Dems did a good job of not focusing too much on Trump in midterms

Pollster Mallory Newall told Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" on Monday that she did not think Democrats would have trouble focusing on issues like the economy and health care in the 2020 elections following special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction MORE's conclusion that President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE did not coordinate or conspire with Russia in the 2016 election.

"I think the midterm elections, particularly at the congressional level and in the suburbs, were a great example of how people ran not on a 'not Trump' [platform], but they had to run on substance and a platform of how they were different," Newall, research director at Ipsos Public Affairs, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons.

"I don't think that Democrats are relying on a 'not Trump' message," she added. 

Mueller's findings have put congressional Democrats, who have launched a series of probes into Trump, on defense.

Various Democrats on the 2020 campaign trail have, in turn, called for Mueller's report to be released in its entirety. 

However, Democratic candidates will need to tread carefully when it comes to deciding whether to discuss Mueller or other voting issues. 

A USA Today–Suffolk University poll, released last week before Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr, found that half of Americans believed Trump was the victim of a "witch hunt."

— Julia Manchester