by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
If Democrats who have retaken the U.S. House of Representatives want to focus on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, a Daily Caller article suggests that they might want to reconsider. Chuck Ross explains.
More than half of voters polled at election sites on Tuesday said that they believe the Mueller probe is politically motivated, according to exit polling data compiled by CNN.
Only 40 percent of voters said they approve of the Mueller investigation, which is looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Slightly more voters said they disapprove, according to CNN.
Those numbers track closely with NBC News’ exit polling data.
According to NBC, 45 percent of voters said they disapprove of Mueller’s handling of the investigation, which began with an FBI probe on July 31, 2016. Forty-two percent of voters said they approve of Mueller’s handling of the inquiry.
Six in 10 Democrats and only two in 10 Republicans support the investigation. Independents were closely divided with 43 percent approving of the investigation and 42 percent disapproving.
The polling data is a drastic reversal from polls taken in recent months. A poll conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post between Aug. 26-29 found that 63 percent of adults said they approved of Mueller’s investigation. Only 29 percent opposed.