Poll: Majority say Dems should move on from Russia investigations

Poll: Majority say Dems should move on from Russia investigations
© Aaron Schwartz

A majority of Americans believe that congressional Democrats should drop their investigations into Russian election meddling in 2016 and move onto other matters, according to a CBS News poll released Wednesday.

About 53 percent of Americans say Congress should stop its Russia investigations, while 44 percent say the probes should continue. Similarly, 58 percent of Americans say they’ve heard enough about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s conclusions, while 37 percent want to hear more.


Among those surveyed, Democrats are leading the charge for Congress to continue its inquiries, with 73 percent saying they want the investigations to continue, an uptick from 66 percent in March. About 44 percent of Independents say the same, up from 35 percent two months ago. 

The poll comes as the White House and House Democrats are in a legal battle over a slew of oversight investigations, with the administration fighting several subpoenas for testimony and documents. 

While the investigations continue, however, the public overwhelmingly believes that the White House should cooperate. About 77 percent of Americans say the administration should cooperate with the probes, including 54 percent of Republicans, 77 percent of Independents and 95 percent of Democrats.

Approximately 74 percent of Americans would also like for Mueller to testify before Congress about his findings. The poll also shows the public split over its interpretation of his findings. About 31 percent say the special counsel cleared President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE, while 33 percent say it did not and 32 percent believe it is too soon to say. 

The CBS News poll surveyed 1,101 adults nationwide from May 17-20 and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.