A majority of voters believe the Russia investigations are damaging to the country and are eager to see Congress shift its focus to healthcare, terrorism, national security, the economy and jobs.
Those are the findings of the latest Harvard-Harris poll, provided exclusively to The Hill, which paint a complicated picture of voters’ opinions about the myriad probes that have engulfed the White House.
Sixty-four percent of voters said the investigations into President Trump and Russia are hurting the country. Fifty-six percent of voters said it’s time for Congress and the media to move on to other issues, compared to 44 percent who said the focus should stay on Russia.
But other surveys have found strong support for the special counsel investigating the Russia probe. A Harvard-Harris poll released last month found 75 percent support for former FBI Robert Mueller’s investigation.
There is evidence in the Harvard-Harris survey that voters are taking the investigations seriously: 58 percent say they’re concerned by allegations of obstruction of justice against Trump, with the same number worried about possible dealings between Trump and the Russian government.
But far more — 73 percent — say they’re concerned that the Russia probes have caused Congress to lose focus on the issues important to them. That figure encompasses 81 percent of Republicans, 74 percent of independents and 68 percent of Democrats.
“While the voters have a keen interest in any Russian election interference, they are concerned that the investigations have become a distraction for the president and Congress that is hurting rather than helping the country,” said Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn. “Most voters believe that the president's actions don't rise to the level of impeachable offenses, even if some of them were inappropriate.”
There's a reason that the right was more than eager to use the attacks on the Russia probe by the far left as cover, and this is the exact outcome showing exactly why.
Not only is my prediction that Trump will escape impeachment coming true, it looks like that America won't give a damn if the entire investigation is dropped and Mueller fired. Indeed, the House Oversight Committee is already dropping its Russia probe. If that happens for the Senate as well, this country is done.
Meanwhile that package of tough new Senate sanctions against Russia just ran into the buzzsaw that is the House GOP, as they are now claiming the bill is null and void because it should have originated in the House, so nothing will happen there.
This is about as grim as it gets, guys.