Trump approval drops 3 points to 2019 low
after release of Mueller report: Reuters/Ipsos poll
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[April 22, 2019]
By Chris Kahn
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of
Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage
points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a
special counsel report detailing Russian interference in the last U.S.
presidential election, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos public
The poll, conducted Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, is the first
national survey to measure the response from the American public after
the U.S. Justice Department released Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s
448-page report that recounted numerous occasions in which Trump may
have interfered with the investigation.
According to the poll, 37 percent of adults in the United States
approved of Trump’s performance in office, down from 40 percent in a
similar poll conducted on April 15 and matching the lowest level of the
year. That is also down from 43 percent in a poll conducted shortly
after U.S. Attorney General William Barr circulated a summary of the
report in March.
In his report, Mueller said his investigation did not establish that the
Trump campaign had coordinated with Russians. However, investigators did
find “multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue
influence over law enforcement investigations.”
While Mueller ultimately decided not to charge Trump with a crime, he
also said that the investigation did not exonerate the president,
The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the
United States. It gathered responses from 1,005 adults, including 924
who were familiar with the Mueller report. It has a credibility
interval, a measure of precision, of 4 percentage points.
To see the entire Reuters/Ipsos poll, click here: https://tmsnrt.rs/2DjEq3R
The poll found that 50 percent of Americans agreed that “Trump or
someone from his campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016
election,” and 58 percent agreed that the president “tried to stop
investigations into Russian influence on his administration.”
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President Donald Trump prepares to board Marine One en route to his
Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida following the release
of the Mueller report at the White House in Washington, U.S., April
18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Forty percent said they thought Trump should be impeached, while 42
percent said he should not.
The poll responses were sharply split along party lines, with
Democrats much more critical of Trump than his fellow Republicans.
The Mueller investigation had previously charged 34 other people and
three Russian entities, netting convictions or guilty pleas from
several Trump associates including former campaign chairman Paul
Manafort, White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and
longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen.
So far, the report does not appear to have convinced many to change
their opinions about the president’s conduct during a bitter
presidential campaign, whether his inner circle improperly engaged
with Russian agents, or if he tried to interfere with federal
Among those respondents who said they were familiar with the Mueller
report, 70 percent said the report had not changed their view of
Trump or Russia’s involvement in the U.S. presidential race. Only 15
percent said they had learned something that changed their view of
Trump or the Russia investigation, and a majority of those
respondents said they were now more likely to believe that “Trump or
someone close to him broke the law.”
(Reporting by Chris Kahn; Editing by Andrea Ricci)
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