4 in 10 say Trump, allies have been exonerated by Mueller report

Four of out every 10 Americans believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE and his allies have been exonerated by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's report, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Forty-three percent of respondents to CNN's survey said Trump and his associates were exonerated of potential collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrLove or hate Trump, Mueller report doesn't matter Immigration judge calls Barr's move to deny asylum-seekers bond hearings 'highly problematic' Trump's job approval ticks up 2 points: Gallup MORE sent a letter to Congress detailing the top-level findings from Mueller's 22-month probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.


According to Barr, the investigation was unable to find any evidence proving collusion.

Trump and his supporters have taken a victory lap following the letter, with the president claiming “complete and total exoneration.” 

While Barr’s summary said Mueller did not find that the Trump campaign “conspired or coordinated with” Moscow’s efforts, the special counsel did not determine whether the president obstructed justice during the probe.

“While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” Mueller wrote in his report, according to Barr.

Fifty-six percent of respondents said Trump and his campaign have not been exonerated of collusion but that what they've heard or read about the report shows collusion could not be proved.

Opinions on collusion broke strongly along party lines: 77 percent of Republicans said the President has been exonerated, while 80 percent of Democrats said he has not.

Independents leaned toward Trump not being exonerated, 58 percent to 41 percent.

SSRS surveyed 701 Americans for CNN from March 25 to March 26. The margin of error for the sample is 5.4 percentage points.