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 MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's conclusion that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future 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