Vast Majority of Republicans Agree About 'Witch Hunt'

While almost all Democrats disagree, according to new poll
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2019 12:04 PM CDT
President Trump speaks about border security in the Oval Office of the White House Friday, March 15, 2019, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Trump refers to the Robert Mueller investigation again and again as a "witch hunt," and it appears that a decent number of Americans agree with him. A poll by USA Today and Suffolk University finds that 50% of respondents agree with the president's contention that he is the victim of a "witch hunt." Not surprisingly, that 50% figure comes with a strong partisan divide—86% of Republicans agree with Trump on the matter, compared with just 14% of Democrats. Among independents, 54% agree it's a witch hunt and 42% disagree. The poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters over the phone last week; the number of Republicans and Democrats questioned were roughly equal, followed by independents and others.

In a related question, 28% of respondents said they had a "lot of trust" that Mueller's investigation will be fair and accurate, down from 33% in December. In not so great news for Trump, 52% report little or no trust in his denials of Russian collusion. Overall, the president himself sounded happy with the results. "Wow! A Suffolk/USA Today Poll, just out, states, '50% of Americans AGREE that Robert Mueller’s investigation is a Witch Hunt,'" he tweeted. "Very few think it is legit! We will soon find out?" (Signs continue to mount that Mueller is close to wrapping things up.)

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