January 23, 2018
A plurality of Americans (48%) perceive Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to be fair, according to findings of a Marist Poll released on January 17. By contrast, 28% do not think it is, and 23% are unsure.
Political affiliation contributes heavily to the mix: Nearly three-quarters of Democrats (72%) consider the probe to be unbiased, while just over one-quarter of Republicans (26%) say the same.
More than two-thirds of Americans (68%) think Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation. Only 14% think he should be fired, and 18% are unsure. On the issue, bipartisan agreement exists. 76% of Democrats, 71% of Independents, and 59% of Republicans think Mueller should see the investigation to its conclusion.
Surprisingly enough, Marist found, more than four in ten Americans (42%) have little or no knowledge of Robert Mueller, who was director of the FBI from 2001 through 2013.
“Robert Mueller is not well-defined, and that makes views about the fairness of the investigation and whether it should continue tentative,” commented Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
Do Americans have faith in the country’s institutions? Overwhelmingly, residents nationally have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the military (87%).
However, confidence wanes in relation to other institutions. Majorities of Americans have confidence in the Supreme Court (59%), church or organized religion (58%), the FBI (57%), public schools (53%) and the courts (51%). Fewer put credence in banks (50%), organized labor (49%), the presidency (43%), big business (39%), and the Democratic Party (36%).
Research contact: Lee.Miringoff@Marist.edu