President Trump’s approval rating dropped 3 percentage points following the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday.
About 37 percent of adults surveyed said they approved of Trump’s performance in office, which is down from 40 percent in a similar poll conducted on April 15, marking his lowest approval rating so far this year.
The survey is the first to measure Trump’s standing with the public since the Justice Department released a redacted version of Mueller’s 448-page report to Congress and the public on Thursday morning.
The report documented ten potential instances of obstruction of justice based on testimony by current and former White House officials.
Mueller investigators found “multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations.”
According to the poll, 50 percent of adults said they believed that “Trump or someone from his campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election,” while 58 percent surveyed said they thought Trump “tried to stop investigations into Russian influence on his administration.”
Forty percent of those polled said Trump should be impeached, while 42 percent said the House should not begin impeachment proceedings.
Seventy percent of those who said they were familiar with the Mueller report said it did not change their view of Trump or Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Fifteen percent of those surveyed said they learned something that changed their view of Trump or the Russia investigation following the release of Mueller’s report.