Poll: Most Americans don’t think Mueller report will clear Trump

 politico.com  4/17/2019 1:25:00 PM 

Most Americans do not believe that special counsel Robert Muellers report exonerates President Donald Trump, according to a new survey from a Democratic firm.

The poll, by the Navigator research project, was conducted between April 1-7, after Attorney General William Barr publicly released his summary of the report on March 24. Navigator describes itself as a group of top Democratic pollsters and progressive leaders focused on the partys messaging during the Trump era.

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Barr wrote in his summary that Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between Trumps campaign and Russia but that Mueller was inconclusive on whether Trump obstructed justice. Trump and his allies immediately heralded the summary as a total exoneration, but poll respondents indicated they dont agree.

Only 30 percent of respondents accept the presidents interpretation that he was fully exonerated of wrongdoing. Meanwhile, 45 percent said they believe the Mueller report is inconclusive, and 18 percent said they dont know enough to make a judgment.

The poll also found an increase among both independents and respondents overall in the percentage who fear that the Trump administration will get away with corruption, unethical behavior or mishandling important problems. Whereas 32 percent of independents and 45 percent of overall respondents had that fear in December 2018, the number went up to 46 percent of independents and 51 percent overall in April 2019.

The percentage of respondents who fear that Democrats will go too far and abuse congressional oversight powers to attack the Trump administration, meanwhile, has remained relatively constant in the same period: 35 percent and 36 percent among independents, and 43 percent and 42 percent overall.

Global Strategy Group, a top Democratic polling firm, surveyed 1,005 registered voters online for the poll before the release of the redacted Mueller report, which is expected to be sent to Congress and made public Thursday. The poll release did not provide a margin of sampling error or confidence interval, though the margin of error for a probability survey with that sample size would be plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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