Release of Mueller Report Has Little Immediate Impact On Public Opinion

Following release of the redacted Mueller Report, 42% of voters nationwide believe President Trump should be impeached and removed from office. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 45% disagree while 13% are undecided.

Those figures are essentially unchanged from other recent results. The survey, conducted Thursday night and Friday morning, suggests that the release had no immediate impact on public support for or opposition to the president.

Prior to the submission of the Special Counsel’s report in March, every survey for nine months had found a plurality in favor of impeachment. That changed immediately following that submission and Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report. At that point, the numbers were virtually identical to the current results–42% in favor of impeachment and 45% opposed. This is now the third straight survey to find a plurality opposed to impeachment.

Eighty-five percent (85%) of Republicans are opposed to impeachment while 70% of Democrats favor it. Independent voters are evenly divided with 43% in favor and 39% opposed (see crosstab results).

Opinions of Republicans and Democrats have remained constant. Independent voters have shifted their views over time. Prior to the March submission of the Special Counsel report, a solid plurality of Independents favored impeachment. That flipped in surveys conducted following submission of the report.

ScottRasmussen.com will be tracking this issue and re-asking the same questions again in the near future.

Other survey details confirm the sense that few people changed their mind following release of the report.

  • The president’s Job Approval rating was 47% in the single night poll, essentially unchanged from our three-day rolling average of 46%. (NOTE: On Monday, we will release our three-day Job Approval update based entirely upon data collected following release of the report).
  • Forty-two percent (42%) now have a favorable opinion of Mueller, little changed from 44% in the previous survey.
  • Twenty-one percent (21%) believe it is at least Somewhat Likely the president will actually be impeached and removed from office. That figure is unchanged.

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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted April 18-19, 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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