On the heels of CNN providing President Trump some welcome news on public perception of the direction of the country and his handling of key issues, CBS published the results of its own new poll that the president will no doubt find encouraging. The American people, CBS reports, are growing increasingly skeptical of Robert Mueller's Russia probe.
Belief that the Russia investigation is "politically motivated" has now reached majority level. In December, CBS found that 48% of Americans agreed with Trump that the probe is more about politics than finding the truth, while 46% of respondents found it "justified." Now, 53% say Mueller's investigation is politically motivated, up 5 points in five months; 44% now say it's "justified."
Despite the growing skepticism, when asked if they think Trump should cooperate if asked to be interviewed by Mueller's team, 76% said yes. CBS notes that the percentage of those who think he should cooperate is down 8 points since January.
CBS points to a "hardening stance" among Republican respondents as the reason for the increased skepticism, particularly regarding the prospect of Trump sitting down for an interview. In January, 73% Republicans said he should; that percentage has shrunk by 20 points to 53%, while 42% now say he shouldn't, up from 22% in January.
"Most Americans also think the Russia investigation should continue, but Republicans think that their party in Congress should take steps to end the Russia investigation," CBS reports. "Most independents and nearly all Democrats think the Republicans in Congress should let the investigation continue."
As The Daily Wire pointed out Tuesday, Trump was provided some other positive polling news by an unlikely source: CNN. A new CNN/SSRS poll found that nearly 6 in 10 Americans believe the country is heading in the right direction. "Overall, 57% say things are going well in the US today — up from 49% saying the same in February — which is the largest proportion to say so since January of 2007," CNN reports.
Public perception on the direction of the country is generally viewed as a key indicator of how a political party will fare in an election year. "The last two times the House of Representatives changed hands, Americans' take on the direction of the country was in far worse shape than it is in this poll: Just 27% said things were going well in June of 2010, and in May of 2006, that stood at 46%," CNN reports. CNN also found that opinion of Trump's handling of the economy and foreign policy are likewise trending upward.