According to a new poll from CNN, two-thirds of Americans want to see the Robert Muelller’s investigation in their rear-view mirrors by the November midterm elections. The poll, released Tuesday and conducted by SSRS, also found that Trump’s approval rating was higher than that of Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and even Ronald Reagan at a similar juncture in their presidencies.
David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
The Mueller investigation that has so far failed to find any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election remains a source of political discontent for President Donald Trump and his Republican supporters but the CNN poll revealed that even Democrats are wearying of the probe and a solid majority (57 percent) want it to end by November as well.
Independents were not far behind the 72 percent of Republicans who are losing patience with the investigation, with 69 percent of them wanting Mueller to wrap things up before Americans go to the polls in November.
When asked if Trump should testify before Mueller if the president is asked to do so, 70 percent of respondents said yes.
Other numbers are relatively positive for Trump, with his overall approval rating standing at 42 percent — three points higher than Clinton or Carter who were struggling at 39 percent after about 18 months in the Oval Office.
Those approving of Trump’s handling of the Mueller investigation has risen to 34 percent from 29 percent in June.
When asked about the credibility of the Mueller investigation, 40 percent of those polled said it was nothing but an attempt to discredit Trump and had little to do with investigating Russian meddling.
The poll surveyed 1,002 voters via cellphones or landline from Aug. 9-12 and conducted a live interview. The results are considered accurate plus or minus 3.9 percent.