Last week’s indictments had a huge impact on public confidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is trusted more than any of the other actors working on the matter.
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The Public is Not that Fussed About the Surveillance State: Confidence in the Intelligence Community and its Authorities
The public has confidence in the intelligence community. It’s comfortable with the authorities the IC wields and the privacy protections that bind it. And few respondents believe that current authorities should either lapse or be reformed.
The public has great confidence in the military—not so much in ongoing military operations. It has little confidence in the President on national security—and even less on specific national security matters.
It appears that the wide array of attempts by the President and his political allies to muddy the waters on Mueller’s objectivity are working.
Public confidence in American institutions and political parties remains low on national security matters—except the military, which the public admires.
Public confidence in government institutions on national security ticks downward and the public dislikes both political parties equally.
Americans are growing more hawkish toward North Korea, but they’re not as hawkish as President Trump.
Last month we began a polling project to measure the public’s confidence in government on national security matters on an ongoing, consistent basis. The goal is to try to establish a baseline of public opinion of national security on a few key issues, and also to be able to periodically take the public’s pulse on current topics. This second installment of that project allows us to start identifying trends in the four questions that we asked last time.
For the past several months, we have been quietly plotting to begin developing better systematic data on public opinion and national security policy.
A recent CNN poll adds texture to our knowledge of partisanship and public opinion regarding l’affaire Russe, asking not just whether Americans are concerned about a smattering of issues related to the investigation but also how concerned they are about the investigation writ large.