Nov 2, 2017

58% of Americans approve of Mueller's Russia probe

Nearly half of those surveyed believe Trump likely committed a crime. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Per a new Washington Post/ABC News poll of 1,005 people, 58% of Americans approve of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, and 49% believe President Trump likely committed a crime.

Behind the numbers: Among the 58% of respondents who approve of the probe, 78% are Democrats, 56% are Independents, and 38% are Republicans.

More from the poll:

  • Among the 49% who believe Trump is at fault, 61% say they only suspect that he committed a crime and 39% think there has been solid evidence of it.
  • Of those surveyed, 28% say they disapprove of the way Mueller is handling the investigation and 44% believe it's unlikely that Trump committed a crime.
  • Do you approve of the charges against Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, in the Russia probe? 68% say yes; 16% say no
  • Is Trump cooperating with Mueller? 37% say yes; 51% say no
  • Was involvement with Russians limited to Manafort and Papadopulous? 28% say yes; 53% suspect broader wrongdoing

The backdrop: Trump said Wednesday that he's "not under investigation" and he's "not angry" in a call with NYT reporters. And Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday the media is "completely obsessed" with the Russia probe, while "most Americans don't care" too much.

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