Following the FBI's simultaneous raids on the offices, home and hotel room of President Trump's personal lawyer, more people now view Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "collusion" investigation as Trump views it: a politically motivated "witch hunt."
Following the raid Monday, Rasmussen polled 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters to ask them how they felt about Mueller's investigation, which prompted the raid on Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen. The pollster found that trust in the investigation dropped notably from last October and suspicion that it was a "partisan witch hunt" increased by an even larger percentage:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters still believe Mueller’s investigation is an honest attempt to determine criminal wrongdoing, but that’s down from 52% last October. Forty percent (40%) now consider Mueller’s probe a partisan witch hunt, an eight-point increase from 32% in the earlier survey. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The survey was conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday; its margin of error is +/- 3 points.
Meanwhile, Rasmussen has continued tracking Trump's approval numbers and found that despite all the bad press surrounding the raid and the escalation of Trump's feud with the FBI and Mueller, his approval numbers have remained at 50%, which he has now hit a few times since late February (his highest mark was 51%) after a first year in which he struggled mightily in the polls. He's also significantly narrowed the gap on those who strongly approve vs. strongly disapprove:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 34% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -6. (See trends).
As The Daily Wire has highlighted, after record lows in the polls for most of his first year in office, Trump saw significant improvement by December and for the entirety of 2018 has been polling around where President Obama polled at the same time during his presidency. On April 13, 2010, Rasmussen found Obama at 49% approval, 50% disapproval, with 31% strongly approving and 41% strongly disapproving.
Following the raids targeting his lawyer on Monday, Trump has issued a series of blistering condemnations of those involved, denouncing the investigation of his lawyer as a "total witch hunt" and an "attack" on American principles, including attorney-client privilege.