Poll: Majority of Americans trust Mueller over Trump

A majority of respondents in a new poll say they trust special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction MORE's credibility more than they trust President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE's.

Washington Post/Schar School poll released Tuesday found that 56 percent of Americans surveyed said they view Mueller as more credible, while 33 percent said they trusted the president's version of the facts more.

Fifty-seven percent said the special counsel was more interested in “finding out the truth” than “hurting Trump politically.”

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The poll's results were split largely along partisan lines — 86 percent of Democrats polled said they were more likely to believe Mueller's version of the facts, while 74 percent of Republicans said they trusted Trump's.

Fifty-seven percent of independents surveyed said they trusted Mueller's credibility over Trump's, while 29 percent said they trusted the president.

“On the face of it, partisans have lined up predictably in their respective camps,” Schar School dean Mark Rozell told The Washington Post.

Rozell cautioned that most Americans were still open-minded about the results of Mueller's investigation into Russia's election interference and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016.

“There are a significant number of people keeping an open mind about what the report will ultimately conclude.”

The survey comes two months after a Hill.TV/American Barometer poll found that 58 percent of respondents believe that the special counsel is heading an "unbiased" investigation into the Trump campaign.

The Washington Post/Schar School poll was conducted among a random national sample of 841 adults over the phone between Feb. 6-10. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.