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A Washington Post/Schar School poll released Tuesday found that 56 percent of Americans surveyed said they view Mueller as more credible, while 33 percent said they trusted the president's version of the facts more.
Fifty-seven percent said the special counsel was more interested in “finding out the truth” than “hurting Trump politically.”
The results are still heavily split among partisan lines — 86 percent of Democrats were more likely to believe Mueller, and 74 percent of Republicans said they were more likely to believe Trump. Among independents, however, the president finds himself under water: just 29 percent of unaffiliated voters were more likely to trust the president than the team of investigators looking in to possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“On the face of it, partisans have lined up predictably in their respective camps,” Schar School dean Mark Bozell told The Washington Post, while cautioning that most Americans were still open-minded about the probe's results: “There are a significant number of people keeping an open mind about what the report will ultimately conclude.”
The support for Mueller in the survey comes two months after a Hill.TV/American Barometer poll found that 58 percent of Americans believe that the special counsel is heading an "unbiased" investigation into the Trump campaign.
Another poll from Hill.TV/HarrisX found that Americans would largely support Mueller expanding the probe to look in to non election-related crimes.
The Washington Post/Schar poll was conducted between 841 adults over the phone between Feb. 6-10. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.