A new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll shows that Americans believe special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is more trustworthy than President Donald Trump’s denial there was collusion between his campaign and Russia in the 2016 election.
According to the poll, 58 percent of the 1000 registered voters surveyed said they have a lot or some trust in Mueller’s investigation being fair and accurate. On the other hand, 57 percent said they have little to no trust in Trump’s denials his campaign colluded with Moscow’s election meddling. Twenty-four percent said they had “a lot” of trust in Trump’s claims, Newsweek reports.
Regarding the recent indictment of 13 Russians on charges of election fraud, almost 75 percent of the surveyed said they take charges from Mueller’s investigation seriously. After the indictment, Trump again claimed there was “no collusion” and the poll shows that Americans are split on whether Russian meddling had an impact on the election result.
About 42 percent believe Russian meddling affected the election’s outcome, while another 44 percent that it had no impact whatsoever.
The poll was conducted last week and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Trump has also claimed Mueller’s probe is a politically motivated “witch hunt” concocted by Democrats in an effort to hurt his presidency. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released earlier this month found that the impact of the president’s claims on Americans’ perception of the FBI and Justice Department has divided the country sharply.
A 73 percent majority of Republicans agreed “members of the FBI and Department of Justice are working to delegitimize Trump through politically motivated investigations.” However, three in four Democrats believe that “members of the Republican Party and the White House are working to delegitimize the FBI and DOJ in the investigation of Russian tampering in the 2016 presidential election.”