New Polling from the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group Shows that Most Republicans Doubt the Fairness of the Mueller Investigation, But Still Tend to Believe that the Charges Being Investigated are Serious.
Washington, D.C. – June 27, 2018
A new report from the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group shows strong support for the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and a consensus that the allegations against Russia and the Trump campaign would be serious if proven true. However, a significant gap exists between Republican and Democratic voter attitudes toward Mueller and the investigation.
The Voter Study Group is a research collaboration of leading analysts and scholars from across the political spectrum. The new report, “Jumping to Collusions: Americans React to Russia and the Mueller Investigation,” by Joe Goldman (Democracy Fund) and Robert Griffin (Public Religion Research Institute), analyzed new data from a May 2018 survey of more than 4,700 Americans about their attitudes toward the Mueller investigation.
Key findings from “Jumping to Collusions” include:
“While it is encouraging that more Americans are confident the investigation is fair, the deep partisan divides on this issue raise red flags,” said Rob Griffin, associate director of Research at the Public Religion Research Institute. “It’s also troubling that Republican voters who are more likely to follow the news are actually less supportive of the investigation, indicating that the current media environment is doing more to polarize Americans than unite us around a common set of facts.”
“Most Americans believe that the President is not above the law and should not interfere with the investigation,” said Joe Goldman, president of Democracy Fund and co-founder of the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group. “It’s only when people lose all faith in the fairness of the investigation that a willingness to support pardoning senior administration officials emerges. Leaders from both parties need to take steps to ensure that the American people are able to believe in the integrity of this investigation and our system of justice.”
The full report can be found at www.voterstudygroup.org, along with other research from the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group.
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