More Americans approve of the way special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting the Russia investigation than of President Donald Trump’s handling of 2016 election meddling, a CNN poll found.
In the survey conducted by pollster SSRS, 50 percent of respondents approve of Mueller’s handling of the Russia probe; 30 percent approve of the way Trump is handling the investigation.
The new Mueller approval rating is at its highest level in CNN polling, rising 3 points since August; Trump’s approval rating on the issue dipped 4 points.
The survey’s margin of error was plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.
In other results, the poll found:
- 61 percent say they consider the Russia investigation a serious matter; 33 percent consider it an effort to discredit the Trump presidency.
- 72 percent say Trump should testify under oath for Mueller if asked; 23 percent say he shouldn’t testify.
- 73 percent think Trump knew about a $130,000 payment made directly by his ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels in October 2016; 67 percent thought so in a survey in May.
- 47 percent say Trump ought to be impeached and removed; 42 percent said so in the May poll. However, 53 percent believe there isn’t enough cause for the House to begin impeachment hearings.’
- Among independents, 48 percent say Trump ought to be impeached, up from 38 percent in June.
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