Two new polls released by The Hill on Tuesday shed light on Americans’ opinions on Attorney General William Barr’s summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report investigating Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election and their outlook on President Donald Trump himself after the report’s release.
The first of the polls took a look at the public’s opinion regarding the accuracy of Barr’s four-page summary that was delivered to Congress prior to the full release of the redacted report.
It surveyed 2,004 individuals, with 37 percent of those surveyed describing their political party affiliation as “lean[ing]” or “strong[ly]” Democrat and 32 percent “lean[ing]” or “strong[ly]” Republican.
The data found that the majority of those polled — 54 percent — believed Barr’s summary to be “largely accurate,” while 46 percent said that it was “largely inaccurate.”
Of those who believed the summary to be “largely accurate,” 72 percent were Republicans.
Sixty-one percent of Democrats, conversely, saw the summary as “largely inaccurate.”
The numbers illustrate a partisan divide among Americans regarding the summary of the report, which stated that there was no conspiracy of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election.
The second poll showed that the overwhelming majority of Americans’ opinions regarding Trump were unchanged by the redacted release of Mueller’s report.
Mallory Newall, the research director for Ipsos Public Affairs, said Mueller’s report “didn’t change the minds of many Americans” while appearing on Hill.TV’s “What America’s Thinking.”
“So most people, the way that they think about the president, and the Russia investigation, and the Mueller report, is the way that they’ve thought about it already,” she said.
The data showed that over three-fourths of Americans (76 percent) did not have their opinions of Trump changed by the release of the redacted Mueller report.
Ten percent of the 1,002 people surveyed said that Mueller’s report changed their view “in favor” of the president, while 14 percent said the report’s release shifted their view “against” Trump.
The redacted version of the Mueller report released to the public found that the Trump campaign did not conspire with Russia in the 2016 election but left obstruction of justice up in the air.