Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s public image has hit a record low since he began his investigation into potential collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia – and more registered voters believe the probe has been handled “unfairly” than “fairly” – a new survey of registered voters shows.
The latest POLITICO/Morning Consult national tracking poll of 1,994 registered voters, conducted June 7-10, 2018, finds across-the-board, all-time high “unfavorable” views of Mueller. Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and all respondents combined, all expressed record low opinions of Mueller:
- Republicans: 53% unfavorable, 18% favorable, 29% no opinion/never heard of Mueller
- Democrats: 24% unfavorable, 50% favorable, 26% no opinion/never heard of Mueller
- Independents: 33% unfavorable, 28% favorable, 40% no opinion/never heard of Mueller
- All Registered Voters: 36% unfavorable, 32% favorable, 32% no opinion/never heard of Mueller
Of the 1,362 registered voters with an opinion of Mueller, 52.7% (718) have an unfavorable view and 47.3% (644) view him favorably.
Among Republicans, Mueller’s 53% negative rating has about doubled from its level of 27% recorded when the survey’s polling on Mueller began in July 2017.
Asked to rate how fairly the Justice Department has handled its Trump-Russia probe, “Not Fairly at All” was the top response of registered voters (23%). While 40% said the investigation has been handled at least “somewhat unfairly,” 38% said it has been conducted at least “somewhat fairly”:
“Do You Think the Department of Justice investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election has been handled fairly or unfairly?”
- Very Fairly: 21%
- Somewhat Fairly: 17%
- Not Too Fairly: 17%
- Not Fairly at All: 23%
- Don’t Know/No Opinion: 21%