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More than 80 percent of voters want to see Mueller’s report, poll says

Robert Mueller has been looking into Russian tampering with the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign was involved.
Robert Mueller has been looking into Russian tampering with the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign was involved.(Saul Loeb/Brendan SmialowskiAFP/Getty Images)

The public wants to know what special counsel Robert Mueller has found out about Russian tampering with the 2016 election and possible links to the Trump campaign, a new poll suggests.

More than 82 percent of voters surveyed said it was very or somewhat important that Mueller’s report be released to the public, according to a Suffolk University/USA TODAY national poll.

The poll found that nearly 62 percent felt that public release of the report was very important while more than 20 percent felt it was somewhat important. Another 14 percent said it was not at all, or not particularly, important. Three percent were undecided.

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The poll release comes after the US House last week voted 420-0 for a resolution calling for the report to be made available to the public and Congress. (The measure was blocked in the Senate by Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.)

“Finally, the voting public and Congress agree on something,” David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, said in a statement. “With the investigation in its third year, people want to know what the investigation uncovered and whether President Trump colluded with the Russians or directed others to collude with the Russians.”

Other findings from the survey included:

— Twenty-eight percent thought the House should seriously consider impeaching President Trump, while nearly 62 percent opposed impeachment.

— Fifty-two percent said they had little or no trust in Trump’s denial that he colluded with Russia, while 43 percent said they had a lot or some trust in his denial.

One finding drew comment from President Trump on Twitter.

Pollsters asked, “President Trump has called the Special Counsel’s investigation a ‘witch hunt’ and said he’s been subjected to more investigations than previous presidents because of politics. Do you agree?”

The pollsters found that 50.3 percent agreed.

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While Trump asserted that “very few” thought the investigation was “legit,” the poll answers showed a nearly equal number of Americans, 46.8 percent, believed the investigation was not a witch hunt.

The poll was a nationwide telephone survey of 1,000 registered voters, conducted March 13 through March 17. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points. More details from the poll are available here.