Courtesy of CNN:
Most Americans continue to believe that the Russian effort to influence the 2016 presidential election is a serious matter that should be investigated, but the constant criticism by President Donald Trump of special counsel Robert Mueller is taking its toll, according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS released Friday.
The number of Americans who approve of how Mueller is handling the investigation has dropped from 48% in March to 44% in May to just 41% now, the lowest it has been in CNN’s polling. Mueller has a lot of company; no one connected with this matter is coming out of it in a positive light. Mueller’s favorable rating is just 32%; former FBI director James Comey’s favorability is just 28%; Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s lawyers in the Russia investigation, is viewed favorably by only 31% of Americans.
The fact that Mueller’s numbers are so low is an indication that Trump’s attacks are doing what they are designed to do.
And that is bad news.
But the news is by no means all bad:
Negative views of Mueller don’t mean that the public is taking Trump’s side. Just 29% approve of how Trump is handling the Russia investigation. Only 35% say it is an attempt to discredit Trump’s presidency. Nearly 7-in-10 think Trump should testify under oath if Mueller requests it. Another 70% would disapprove if Trump issues himself a presidential pardon, with no majority in any demographic group. Trump has said he absolutely has the power to pardon himself but doesn’t need to.
Still mind-boggling to me that more than a quarter of the American people think that Trump is responding to the Mueller probe in an appropriate manner.
The poll also finds that a full 42% of the respondents believe that Trump should be impeached, only one point shy of the 43% who said that Nixon should be impeached, and that is even before we get Mueller’s report.
All in all it appears that once we reach the stage where there will be criminal indictments and serious talk of impeachment, that the majority of Americans will likely be on board with both, but that a little over a quarter of the country will be crying “witch hunt” no matter how many smoking guns Robert Mueller uncovers.