Dems bet hard on Team Coup to deliver. But Team Coup can’t pull off a coup without public support. And that support is withdrawing fast.
Voters interviewed for the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll also have changed direction on whether they think the Mueller investigation has been on the up and up. In the latest survey, 40 percent of voters said it had been handled unfairly, compared to early February when 34 percent said the probe wasn’t being handled fairly. The percentage saying the investigation was being done fairly remained unchanged from February at 38 percent.
That’s a majority.
Months of sustained conservative attacks led by President Donald Trump and his allies have harmed Mueller most among Republicans, with a record 53 percent now saying they view the lead Russia investigator in an unfavorable light. That’s a 26-point spike since July, when the poll first started asking voters whether they viewed Mueller favorably or unfavorably.
Mueller’s unfavorable numbers have hit highs among both Democrats and independents, at 24 percent and 33 percent, respectively. Thirty-six percent of all registered voters are also seeing Mueller unfavorably, which represents the highest level since the polling first raised the topic 11 months ago. Back then, 23 percent of all voters said they viewed Mueller negatively.
It’s not a full awakening and the media’s ability to command the high ground of communications shields Mueller a great deal. But a year later, he still hasn’t delivered.
That’s bound to raise questions even among those who follow the news is only the most glancing fashion. They keep hearing about Mueller. But nothing really happens except for some indictments of people they never heard of for reasons having nothing to do with the stuff that CNN harps on all day.
Among Republicans, Mueller’s favorable rating remains relatively stagnant at 18 percent in the latest poll, down from 22 percent in July 2017. Independents gave Mueller a 28 percent favorable rating.
That means Mueller is underwater among independents too.