Just 34 percent of American say President Donald Trump has been “honest and truthful” about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into 2016 election meddling and potential coordinator between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
The survey, conducted a month after the results of November’s midterm elections, finds an overwhelming majority in the poll, 62 percent, believe President Trump has not been “honest and truthful.”
Asked if Trump has been honest and truthful when it comes to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign and related matters, 94 percent of Democrats, 64 percent of independents and 24 percent of Republicans say they disagree.
“Last week’s [Michael] Cohen and [Paul] Manafort news clearly hurt the president — no dramatic movement to be sure, but incremental erosion in President Trump’s credibility,” Democrat pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates told NBC News.
Among other results in the poll related to Russia:
- A combined 50 percent of Americans say the investigation has given them: “major,” “fairly major,” or “just some” doubts about the Trump administration.
- 44 percent, ostensibly the size of President Trump’s base, according to Republican pollster Bill McInturff, say it has not given them doubts.
- 46 percent say the convictions and guilty pleas of members of Trump’s 2016 campaign suggest potential wrongdoing by the president
- Just 23 percent believe the wrongdoing is limited only to those individuals, while 28 percent do not know enough to say.
As of November 2, Trump has made 6,420 false or misleading claims according to The Washington Post.