WASHINGTON – Nearly half of U.S. voters say the findings of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election will not impact whether or not they decide to vote for President Donald Trump next year, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 49% percent of the respondents said their vote would not be influenced by the report’s findings, compared with 24% who said the report’s findings would make them less likely to vote for Trump. Meanwhile, 14% said the report’s findings make them more likely to vote for Trump.
Thirty-seven percent of Democrats said the report’s findings make them less likely to vote for Trump, compared with 11% of Republicans and 22% of independent voters.
The survey included 1,997 registered voters and was carried out May 31-June 2. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Mueller said at a news conference last week that Trump was not charged with obstruction because of Justice Department regulations that prohibit the indictment of a sitting president. It was the first time Mueller spoke publicly about the 22-month investigation, which concluded in March.
Since that time more than 50 House Democrats have called for impeachment.
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has eschewed calls for impeachment. She has said taking such action would not be prudent without sufficient public support as well as enough evidence to convince Senate Republicans to get on board.
Both Trump and GOP lawmakers dismissed Mueller’s remarks as old news.
In a 400-plus report that he submitted to Attorney General William Barr on March 22, Mueller said he did not find evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Mueller did not make a determination as to whether obstruction had occurred.
Barr and then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, however, said that they reviewed the evidence presented in Mueller’s report and did not find that the evidence reached the standard to charge Trump with obstruction.
Barr released a redacted version of the special counsel’s report on April 18.
Democrats have called on Mueller to testify before Congress. However, Mueller has said he does not want to testify and that if subpoenaed he would not elaborate beyond what his report says.