By Jon Dougherty
Whether it has been President Donald Trump’s constant labeling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s never-ending probe as a “witch hunt,” the investigation’s lack of evidence implicating the president in any nefarious Russian “collusion” plot, or both, a majority of Americans side with the nation’s chief executive, according to a new survey.
Not only that, but a vast majority of Americans have no appetite for efforts by the far Left and some Democrats to impeach POTUS Trump.
A new USA Today/Suffolk poll showing that Trump’s “witch hunt” messaging is resonating with a growing number of voters, while the public’s already-shrinking appetite for impeachment has cratered as well.
USA Today/Suffolk poll:
– 50% now believe Trump a "witch hunt" target, including 54% of independents. Faith in Mueller falls.
– Impeachment support slides to 28 percent.
Investigation fatigue + overreach by Trump opponents could ultimately benefit him: https://t.co/ERnKwJKCAc
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 18, 2019
The report notes:
Amid signs that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference may be near its conclusion, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds that trust in Mueller has eroded and half of Americans now agree with President Trump’s contention that he has been the victim of a “witch hunt.”
Support for the House of Representatives to seriously consider impeaching the president has dropped since last October by 10 percentage points, to 28 percent…Fifty percent say they agree with Trump’s assertion that the special counsel’s investigation is a “witch hunt” and that he has been subjected to more investigations than previous presidents because of politics; 47 percent disagree.
Just 3 percent don’t have an opinion.
There is, unsurprisingly, a stark partisan divide on that question: 86 percent of Republicans but just 14 percent of Democrats say Trump is the victim of a “witch hunt.”
Among independents, 54 percent say he is; 42 percent say he isn’t. Still, the president’s success in persuading fully half of the electorate that he’s been subjected to unprecedented scrutiny is notable, says David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk Political Research Center.
Granted, political winds can shift but the president’s personal approval ratings continue to hover at or around the 50 percent mark, and Democrats were never going to get to impeachment unless or until his numbers fell into the low 30s or high 20s and remained there for a substantial amount of time.
There is additional anecdotal evidence that having Democrats take over a portion of government — one-half of one-third, the House — has led to a decline in optimism overall for Americans.
Rasmussen notes that the number of people who think our country is heading in the right direction has fallen by double digits, at one point, since December:
Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey for the week ending March 14.
For now, anyway, a wide majority of Americans see no reason to impeach the president, and more see the Mueller probe as nothing but a political operation aimed at undermining Trump.
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