It appears that majority of the registered voters believe that President Trump is the real winner in the 2016 presidential election.
New polling indicates that a majority of registered voters do not believe that the investigation into the Russian government’s meddling the 2016 presidential election will result in the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The data also found that a majority of voters have not convinced that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to subvert the election.
On May 18, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to head the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the Russian government’s interference in the presidential race. The probe will also seek to determine whether members of the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to help tilt the election in their candidate’s favor, CNN reports.
On May 22, a Harvard-Harris survey found that only 41 percent of registered voters believed the DOJ probe would result in Trump’s impeachment while 59 percent said it would simply put the questions about Russia to rest. 75 percent of respondents supported Mueller’s appointment, The Hill reports.
Following a series of controversies related to the Russia probe, speculation has been mounting whether Trump could potentially face removal by Congress. In the UK, bookmakers have been taking bets on a Trump impeachment, with the betting exchange Betfair giving a 55 percent probability that the president would not finish his first term, according to Market Watch.
The survey found that a majority of American voters wouldn’t be so likely to take that bet, partly because they are not convinced that collusion has occurred. Only 48 percent of respondents believed that Trump campaign officials had colluded with the Russian government while 52 percent did not believe that was the case.
Breaking down the data, Democrats were the most suspicious of the Trump campaign. 74 percent of Democratic respondents said there was evidence of collusion while only 38 percent of Independents agreed. 80 percent of Republican respondents said there was no such evidence.
On May 23, former CIA director John Brennan testified before the House Intelligence Committee that he had seen intelligence during the 2016 election that made him concerned that members of the Trump campaign had been recruited by Russian intelligence, Politico reports.
“I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign… And it raised questions in my mind again whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals.,” Brennan said.
The former CIA director added that he had not seen evidence of collusion but called the federal probe into the matter “certainly well founded and needed to look into these issues.”