President Trump woke up Thursday understandably concerned about The Post’s report that Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, was looking at whether Trump had obstructed justice. That concern manifested itself in the way that Trump’s emotions often manifest themselves: In 140 characters.
There was other news out on Thursday that might similarly have inspired concern with the president and his staff: A new poll from the Associated Press indicating that more than 6 in 10 Americans already believe that Trump tried to impede or obstruct the Russia investigations.
No tweets about that one, but there may be a reason. The same poll — and, in fact, that very question — offered some reason for Trump to assume that his responses to the still-increasing revelations about what he did and said were working as intended.
For example, when asked whether Trump had tried to obstruct the investigation, almost 9 in 10 Democrats said he had. But only about a quarter of Republicans agreed — suggesting that Trump’s base is still largely giving him the benefit of the doubt.
Asked whether they had confidence in Mueller’s investigation, only about a quarter of Americans overall — including about that percentage among members of both political parties, said they had full confidence that the investigation would be impartial.
An additional 36 percent said they had moderate confidence, meaning that Trump’s efforts to paint the probe as unfair might find a receptive audience.
Most amazingly, though, the AP asked a question that it had also asked in March: How concerned are you about the possibility that Donald Trump or others involved with his campaign had inappropriate contacts with the Russian government? Three months ago — before the rash of revelations that emerged after James B. Comey was fired as FBI director, 44 percent of Americans were extremely or very concerned about that possibility. Now? The figure has increased to 48 percent. To only 48 percent, a difference that falls within the margin of error.
The increase in the percentage of those saying they were moderately concerned was even smaller.
Again, this is after all of the revelations that we’ve seen over the past three months. Two weeks in mid-May alone saw so much new information that we felt the need to recap it. Yet opinions of what Trump and his team may or may not have done barely budged.
So: Most Americans (but few Republicans) think Trump tried to intervene in the Russia investigation. Most Americans also have doubts about Mueller’s investigation and most Americans likely haven’t changed their opinion on what happened in 2016 over the past three months.
On net, that’s not bad for Trump at all. No wonder he didn’t tweet about it angrily.