Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters see special counsel Robert Mueller favorably while 33% offer an unfavorable assessment. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that those figures include 21% with a Very Favorable opinion and 18% who give him a Very Unfavorable rating.
Those attitudes are little changed from September.
The current survey asked about five major figures involved in Mueller’s investigation of the president. Mueller is the only one who has net positive numbers overall.
President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is viewed favorably by 32% of voters and unfavorably by 41%. Perceptions of Giuliani have slipped a bit since September when they were 38% favorable and 36% unfavorable.
Both Giuliani and Mueller’s results vary greatly depending on party ID. Mueller is viewed favorably by 54% of Democrats but only 22% of Republicans agree. Giuliani is viewed favorably by 58% of Republicans, but only 16% of Democrats agree. (See crosstab results)
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort came in with the weakest favorability ratings in the survey overall, with just 9% of voters viewing him favorably. That’s down from 17% in September. Manafort, who was convicted this past summer of crimes not directly related to the 2016 election, is now viewed unfavorably by 46%.
Also convicted and now sentenced is former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Only 12% of voters have a favorable view of Cohen, with 52% seeing him at least somewhat unfavorably. Those numbers are weaker than the 19% favorable and 40% unfavorable numbers he posted in the September survey.
Cohen was a prominent figure in the news this month. First, a much-publicized story by Buzzfeed News claimed that there was evidence that President Trump instructed Cohen to lie to Congress in 2017, a report that was quickly refuted by Mueller’s own investigative team. Then Cohen canceled his scheduled appearance before a House committee, claiming threats made against him and his family. Finally, Cohen was subpoenaed to appear before a Senate committee hearing in February. Cohen’s attorney says he will appear at that hearing.
Finally, former FBI Director James Comey earns a favorable rating from 25% of voters. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters see Comey unfavorably.
Comey’s results also varied greatly by party ID, with 36% of Democrats viewing him favorably compared to just 14% of Republicans.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 19-20, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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