According to NPR, an overwhelming majority of Americans want the full Mueller report to be made public and they think Barr and Mueller should testify before Congress. These findings from a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll come after the release of Attorney General William Barr’s four page summary of the report.
About a third of Americans believe that President Trump is free from wrongdoing, but they’re split on how much Democrats should be investigating him.
Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, said, “People clearly want to see more about the report. They want it released publicly, are eager to see the principals — Mueller and Barr — testify, because they want to see how the sausage was made. They want to see how we got to this point."
56 percent of American said that Mueller conducted a fair investigation and 51 percent said they were satisfied with it, including 52 percent of independents who were satisfied with the investigation.
Three quarters of Americans said that the full Mueller report ought to be made public, including 54 percent of Republicans. Only 18 percent of people think Barr’s summary is enough.
66 percent of people want Mueller to testify before Congress and 64 percent want Barr to also testify before Congress.
More, almost 56 percent of people said that they still have questions, with only 36 percent of people saying Trump has been cleared of any wrongdoing. That figure is close to Trump’s current approval rating, which is 42 percent.
As for the issue of obstruction of justice, the Mueller report did not come to any conclusions, but Mueller reminded that the lack of conclusions did not “exonerate” the president. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided not to charge the president.
The country was divided- 48 to 46 percent- on whether or not Barr’s decision to not charge Trump should hold or if COngress should continue to investigate the president.
The country was also divided- 48 to 45 percent- on whether Democrats should further investigate the Mueller report or end end the investigations.
"I think they're on safe footing to want the full report released" and to bring in Barr and Mueller, Miringoff said, adding, "But don't start saying there's still collusion, don't go for obstruction of justice, because then they're barking up the wrong tree."
Mueller’s ratings among Americans have also risen since December, when he was viewed by 33 percent of people as negative and 29 percent as positive. Now, he is favorable to 38 percent of people and unfavorable to 25 percent of people. This change largely comes from Republicans who view him more favorably after the release of Barr’s letter.
Trump’s approval ratings have stayed consistent, and more, 54 percent of registered voters now say that they will vote against him in 2020.