Poll: Largest share at 4 in 10 say Mueller findings did not clear Trump

Forty percent of respondents in a new poll said they don’t believe the summarized findings of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s now-concluded investigation cleared President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE.

Almost three in 10 – or 29 percent – said in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday that they believe Trump has been cleared of wrongdoing. Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Merrick Garland on list to be Biden's attorney general: report DOJ dropping charges against ex-Mexican defense minister MORE last weekend reported to the Congress that Mueller did not find evidence that Trump’s campaign did not conclude Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia. His findings did not not exonerate the president on obstruction of justice, according to Barr.


Almost one-third of Americans questioned – 31 percent – said they are unsure if Trump has been cleared. That includes 45 percent of independents, 27 percent of Democrats and 25 percent of Republicans, NBC News noted.

“The public is still in a wait-and-see view of this investigation and what it means for Trump,” Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research, said in a statement. Horwitt’s Democratic firm conducted the poll along with Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies.

“However substantial this event was in the Washington, D.C., community and maybe our political culture, it was not an event that captured the American public,” McInturff added.

More than three-quarters of Americans — 78 percent — said they heard that Mueller submitted his final report, pollsters found, but only 39 percent said they’ve heard “a lot” about it.

The survey of 1,000 adults, conducted March 23 to 27, 2019, has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.