A survey conducted immediately following the release of the redacted version of Robert Muller's report on the Russia investigation revealed that 22 percent of respondents believed that the document exonerated President Donald Trump, while 33 percent felt that it implicated him, Business Insider reports.
The survey began nationally on the same day as the report was released and ran through April 19, ultimately capturing 1,101 responses. On its surface, the survey was presented simply as a series of questions related to the contents of Mueller's report and some unrelated political matters. Questions began on the topic of Mueller's investigation before moving on to other things. However, a number of questions later, respondents are asked to provide another potentially useful data point: "Have you read the Mueller report?"
The responses came in as follows:
- 31 percent said "no, and I don't currently plan to."
- 32 percent said "no, but I intend to."
- 24 percent said "yes, but I haven't yet completed it."
- 5 percent said "yes, in its entirety."
- 8 percent said "I don't know / understand."
In any case, Business Insider dug further into the data for those who responded that they had not read any part of the report. In those cases:
- 34 percent said it vindicated the president.
- 21 percent said they were unsure.
- 43 percent said it implicated him.