Majority of Americans want Mueller report released to the public: poll
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 — More than two-thirds of American voters think the forthcoming report prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia should be released to the public, a new poll showed Wednesday.
The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll showed that 68 percent of the surveyed support the release of Mueller’s findings, while 10 percent say the contrary and 22 percent are undecided.
Voters of both parties show significant interest to see the results of the Mueller probe, with 79 percent among Democrat voters supporting the release of the report and 59 percent among Republican voters saying so.
Overall, 49 percent of the respondents believe that the Trump administration should not be allowed to redact anything in the Mueller report before its public release, while 28 percent said the administration does have the right to censor parts of the report.
Supporters of the two parties were split on the issue, with 52 percent among Republican voters saying the Trump administration had the right while 11 percent among Democratic voters saying the same.
The poll came a day after a Democratic lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives filed legislation that would require Mueller’s Russia report to be made public and give Congress access to the investigation’s underlying evidence.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr did not commit to releasing the full report during his confirmation hearing, but pledged that the White House would not be able to “correct” anything in the report.
Mueller, who was appointed in May 2017, is looking into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and any potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow, among other matters that may arise from the investigation.
Trump has repeatedly dismissed any collusion between his campaign and the Russians while slamming the Russia probe as a “hoax” or “witch hunt.”
The poll surveyed 1,994 registered voters on Feb. 22-24 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. – XINHUA