Poll: 58% Say Trump-Russia Probe ‘Hurting the Country;’ 35% Want it to Last ‘Indefinitely’

Craig Bannister | November 1, 2018 | 3:47pm EDT
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While 58% of Americans believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Donald Trump and Russia is harming the country, 35% say it should continue “indefinitely,” a new Harvard-Harris poll finds:

Do you think the investigations into Russia and President Trump are helping the country or hurting the country?

  • Helping the country: 42%
  • Hurting the country: 58%

How long do you think independent counsel Robert Mueller should keep on investigating?

  • He should stop immediately: 31%
  • Another month: 9%
  • 2 to 3 months: 12%
  • 3 to 6 months: 6%
  • 6 months to a year: 7%
  • Indefinitely: 35%

Only 37% believe Mueller has uncovered any “actual evidence” of collusion with Russia:

Do you think the independent counsel has found actual evidence of Trump campaign officials colluding with the Russians or has he not found any evidence of such collusion?

  • Found: 37%
  • Not found: 40%
  • Don't know: 23%

More than half of Americans say anti-Trump bias “played a role in launching” the probe:

Do you think bias against President Trump in the FBI played a role in launching investigations against him or did bias play no role in launching investigations?

  • Bias played a role: 54%
  • Bias did not play a role: 46%

Two-thirds of Americans think the public should see the evidence the FBI and Justice Department have “to clear the air about any potential wrongdoings in starting the investigation”:

Which is closest to your view?

  • It's important to publicly release the evidence used by the FBI and the Justice Department to clear the air about any possible wrongdoing in starting the Trump-Russia investigation: 67%
  • The administration should not publicly release the evidence to avoid interfering with sources and methods of interviewing: 33%

And, nearly two-thirds of Americans want a special counsel to look into the way the investigation was initiated and how it has been handled:

Do you favor or oppose appointing a special counsel to investigate potential abuses at the FBI?

  • Favor: 62%
  • Oppose: 38%

But, two-thirds of Americans say Special Counsel Mueller should not be fired:

Should special counsel Robert Mueller be fired or not?

  • Fired: 32%
  • Not fired: 68%

Likewise, two-thirds say Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should not be dismissed – and half don’t even think that offering to secretly record the president in an effort to remove him from office disqualifies him from overseeing the Trump-Russia probe:

Should deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein be fired or not?

  • Fired: 32%
  • Not fired: 68%

Recent news reports say that Rod Rosenstein right after James Comey was fired as director of the FBI suggested secretly recording President Trump and using the 25th amendment to remove President Trump from office. Does this disqualify Rosenstein from overseeing the Special Counsel's investigation, or is it not relevant?

  • Disqualifies him: 49%
  • It is not relevant: 51%

The Harvard-Harris Poll says its results are based on responses of 1,835 registered voters, weighted to reflect the views of the U.S. general adult population:

This survey was conducted online within the United States from October 26-28, 2018 among 1,835 registered voters by The Harris Poll. The results reflect a nationally representative sample. Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, marital status, household size, income, employment, political party, political ideology, and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

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