Nearly nine in 10 Americans say Robert Mueller’s investigators should produce a full, public report on their findings, a sentiment that crosses party lines, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
And nearly half of Americans think Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government to help get Trump elected (48%), while 42% say there was no collusion.
Overall, 87% say investigators should release a public report, 9% that they should not. Support for a public release stands at 80% among Republicans and those who approve of the way the President is handling his job, and at 92% among Democrats and those who disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job. Among independents, 88% say a report should be released.
The findings come as the Senate is considering the nomination of Bill Barr to be attorney general, and as acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker prepares to appear before the House Judiciary Committee. Neither has committed to publicly releasing the findings of special counsel’s investigation.
Overall support for a public report is about the same as last May, when CNN last asked this question and 84% favored a public report. But support has risen among Republicans, from 72% in favor then to 80% now.
There is no such partisan agreement on the question of collusion: 87% of Democrats say Trump’s campaign did collude with the Russian government, 88% of Republicans say it did not. Independents are about evenly divided: 42% say yes, 44% no.
Views on the investigation itself, the President’s handling of it and Mueller’s handling of it, are largely the same as they were in December.
Most disapprove of the way Trump is handling the investigation (56% disapprove, 32% approve), while Mueller’s ratings tilt narrowly positive (44% approve, 41% disapprove, 15% have no opinion). And about six in 10 say they think the investigation is a serious matter that should be fully investigated, while 37% call it an effort to discredit Trump’s presidency.
The CNN Poll was conducted by SSRS January 30 through February 2 among a random national sample of 1,011 adults reached on landlines or cell phones by a live interviewer. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points; it is larger for subgroups.