Trump Approval Drops 3 Points to 2019 Low After Release of Mueller Report: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

Carlos Barria/Reuters

The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report detailing Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential election, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll.

The poll, conducted Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, is the first national survey to measure the response from the American public after the U.S. Justice Department released Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report that recounted numerous occasions in which Trump may have interfered with the investigation.

According to the poll, 37 percent of adults in the United States approved of Trump’s performance in office, down from 40 percent in a similar poll conducted on April 15 and matching the lowest level of the year. That is also down from 43 percent in a poll conducted shortly after U.S. Attorney General William Barr circulated a summary of the report in March.

In his report, Mueller said his investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign had coordinated with Russians. However, investigators did find “multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations.”

While Mueller ultimately decided not to charge Trump with a crime, he also said that the investigation did not exonerate the president, either.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 1,005 adults, including 924 who were familiar with the Mueller report. It has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 4 percentage points.

SHARP SPLIT

The poll found that 50 percent of Americans agreed that “Trump or someone from his campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election,” and 58 percent agreed that the president “tried to stop investigations into Russian influence on his administration.”

Forty percent said they thought Trump should be impeached, while 42 percent said he should not.

The poll responses were sharply split along party lines, with Democrats much more critical of Trump than his fellow Republicans.

The Mueller investigation had previously charged 34 other people and three Russian entities, netting convictions or guilty pleas from several Trump associates including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen.

So far, the report does not appear to have convinced many to change their opinions about the president’s conduct during a bitter presidential campaign, whether his inner circle improperly engaged with Russian agents, or if he tried to interfere with federal investigators afterward.

Among those respondents who said they were familiar with the Mueller report, 70 percent said the report had not changed their view of Trump or Russia’s involvement in the U.S. presidential race. Only 15 percent said they had learned something that changed their view of Trump or the Russia investigation, and a majority of those respondents said they were now more likely to believe that “Trump or someone close to him broke the law.”

(Reporting by Chris Kahn; Editing by Andrea Ricci)

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Phyllis Softa
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A majority of opinions didn’t change for a variety of reasons. 1. Journalist informed us of much of what was in the report. 2. Several books were written on what is going on in the Trump WH. 3. MSM made easily accessible the indictments & plea agreements as they were unsealed by the courts 4. The anonymous WSJ OpEd. AND 5 While 1-4 were accessible to ALL, a portion CHOOSES to continue to believe it was “fake news” despite all evidence to the contrary.

William Conley
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Kind of like the evidence proving hiliary was criminally negligent at best and outright scumbag law breaker at worse that being the most likely. Or again in the same report showing Obama knew of Russia interfering back in 2014 and did nothing to keep his Iran payment going. Or the fact they clearly said he did nothing to warrant legal recourse? So who’s the truly delusional one who’s buying into “fake news” when the facts have literally been presented and the issue has legally been decided.

banstan
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I bet philly suffered a minor brain bleed with that response. She is the perfect example of the tunnel vision that afflicts the left.

Phyllis Softa
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You make a lot of unwise bets on me. I’m happy to report no brain bleed, so you would have lost that bet too. I was raised to not laugh at ignorance & I also did not “bust a gut” laughing at him. So don’t bet on that either. You appear to be a sensible young man, misdirected, but sensible. If the “Iran payment” was an issue for you, you would have google it. 3 yrs & 4 mos. post announcement, he hasn’t done so. How many yrs he waits to read the Mueller report is anyone’s guess.

Phyllis Softa
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Very strange. 2 IJR readers appear to believe they would know more that I if I had a brain bleed. Perhaps they are non-Christians that on Easter Sunday were disappointed that I did not experience a brain bleed.

James
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It’s only a matter of time now before Hillary and her comrades are hauled before a hearing to explain why she should not be in a prison pants suit for violating the Espionage Act under 18 USC 793. It’s already a known fact she sent and received Top Secret material over her personal/illegal email server. Had any of us done that, we’d be making little rocks out of big ones – as she should be doing.

Phyllis Softa
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8 investigations of Benghazi. 4 investigations of Vince Foster’s death. 3 investigations of Travelgate & Whitewater. Why NOT more investigations of the email server, Uranium One deal, and Clinton Foundation? Perhaps they are waiting on the conclusion of the 12 open investigations referred to in the Mueller report. You keep your hopes up, James.

Chrissy
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Email server is a problem because Hillary Clinton destroyed Congress subpoenaed evidence. “You mean like with a cloth”, no more like a hammer @Phyllis. The Clinton Foundation Is essentially dried up. Why is that? Quit while you’re ahead, or should I say no longer at the head of the State Department.

Phyllis Softa
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Chrissy, the Clinton Foundation is still performing philanthropic work domestically and globally. Check their website. It is the Trump Foundation that was shut down. Hillary Clinton has not been the head of the State Department since Jan, 2013. Obama had 2 Sec of State, Clinton for 4 yr and Kerry for 4 yrs.

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