New NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist Poll on Russia Probe and Public Institutions Data reveals Americans are split on the Russia investigation and generally have little confidence in public institutions.
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New NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist Poll on Russia Probe and Public Institutions

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds special counsel Robert Mueller is largely unknown to the public, which puts him in a precarious position. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds special counsel Robert Mueller is largely unknown to the public, which puts him in a precarious position.

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Poll on Russia Probe and Public Institutions

A new poll from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist reveals that not quite half of Americans characterize the Russia investigation as fair – and generally Americans have very little confidence in public institutions with the exception of the military. Data shows that Americans have limited confidence in public schools, courts, banks and organized labor, and even less confidence in the presidency, big business, the political parties and the media.

Key Findings:

On Russia

  • 48% of Americans think the Russia probe has been fair;
  • 28% of Americans think the Russia probe has not been fair
  • 23% of Americans are unsure of the fairness of the Russia probe
  • 29% of Americans have a favorable impression of Mueller, 29% unfavorable, and 42% are unsure or have never heard of Mueller
  • 68% believe Mueller should be allowed to finish the investigation

On Public Institutions

  • Just 8% of Americans say they have a great deal of confidence in Congress and only another 17% say they have quite a lot.
  • 87% of Americans say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the military. In 1977, according to Gallup, 57 percent had the same level of confidence in the military, 30 points lower.
  • 29% of Americans say they have at least some confidence in the GOP versus 68% who said they have not very much or no confidence at all in it.
  • 36% of Americans say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Democrats versus 62% who said they have not very much or no confidence at all in the party.
  • 30% of Americans say they have at least some confidence in the media verses 68% who said they have not very much or no confidence at all in it.
  • 53% of Republicans have no confidence at all in the media. Combined with those who said not very much confidence, 90% of Republicans expressed a lack of confidence in the media.
  • 74% of independents say they have either not much or no confidence at all in the media. Fairness and objectivity are tenets and pillars of a free press, but those have been eroded in the eyes of many Americans.
  • 58% of Americans say they are more likely to trust their favorite news source, verses 29% of Americans who say, given the choice, they are more likely to trust President Trump


Contact:
Ben Fishel, NPR Media Relations
Email: mediarelations (at) npr.org