Poll: 76 percent say Mueller report’s release did not change their views of Trump


Three-quarters of Americans said the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russian election interference did not change their opinions of President Trump, according to a new Hill-HarrisX survey. 

Seventy-six percent of those surveyed said their opinions remained unchanged following last week’s release of Mueller’s report, while 14 percent of those polled said the report changed their opinions against Trump.

According to the survey, 10 percent said Mueller’s report changed their minds in favor of Trump. 

“This didn’t change the minds of many Americans,” Mallory Newall, research director at Ipsos Public Affairs, told Hill.TV’s Jamal Simmons on “What America’s Thinking.”

“Fifteen percent or less in most polls,” she added. 

“So most people, the way that they think about the president, and the Russia investigation, and the Mueller report, is the way that they’ve thought about it already,” she said. 

The report follows the Justice Department’s release of a redacted version of Mueller’s more than 400-page report, which did not find evidence that Trump’s campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia in 2016.

The special counsel, however, detailed 10 instances in his report of potential obstruction of justice involving Trump. Mueller did not reach a determination on whether criminal conduct had occurred, but left the door open to possible future congressional probes.

Republicans have defended Trump’s actions detailed in the report, but Democrats have signaled they will continue to investigate whether the president obstructed justice. 

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted April 19–21 among 2,004 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.2 percentage points. 

— Julia Manchester


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