The survey questions were simple.
"As you may know there is currently an investigation going on right now into Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and any Russian government involvement in the 2016 election. How much have you heard about this investigation?"
Nearly half of the respondents to the Navigator Research poll — 49 percent — said they had "heard a lot," while 32 percent had "heard some." Another 15 percent had heard "a little," and 3 percent hadn't heard.
"To the best of your knowledge, has the investigation uncovered any crimes?"
Stunningly, 59 percent said "no."
What? No crimes?
How about 17 indictments and five guilty pleas? And that's just what we knew of when the poll went into the field in mid-May.
So let's review: A majority of Americans — 59 percent — say that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia and the 2016 campaign has not yet uncovered evidence of any crimes, even though in reality, Mueller has already obtained five guilty pleas and 17 criminal indictments.
Those 59 percent of Americans who don't know of the criminal evidence already uncovered in the Russia probe must be the same roughly 60 percent of Americans who watch Fox News.
Perhaps that's because whenever the Mueller probe is in the news for things like former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's indictment on conspiracy, money laundering and bank fraud or former Trump National Security Adviser Micheal Flynn's guilty plea for lying or the indictments of 13 Russians involved in hacking and creating fake campaign news or the FBI raids on Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen's office, Fox is airing yet another story about sanctuary cities and immigration.
Here are some other stunners from additional questions asked by Navigator, a new Democratic polling effort aimed at sharpening Democrats' messaging for the 2018 midterms. (Though the polling is aimed at Democrats, the surveys are taken from registered voters of all persuasions.)
» 63 percent of Americans agree that not even the president of the United States is above the law and if Trump has nothing to hide and has done nothing wrong, then he should just let the investigation finish.
» 58 percent say Republicans in Congress have not handled the special counsel's investigation well. Of those 58 percent, putting "politics over country" was the main concern.
» 53 percent disapprove of the job Republicans in Congress are doing in terms of holding the Trump administration accountable. Of those, putting "party over country" was again the main concern.
At dinner this weekend or over barbecue Monday with your friends and family — yes, even your chatty uncle who watches only Fox — try this for small talk as you digest the ever-changing news of the day:
How about that Mueller news? Not only has Trump's former national security adviser pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators, but Rick Gates, a top Trump campaign aide and the longtime business partner of Manafort, has pleaded guilty to false statements and conspiracy.
And Alexander van der Zwaan, a London-based Dutch attorney, pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with Gates and an unnamed Ukrainian. George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, (you know, the one the Trump people said was just the coffee boy) pleaded guilty to false statements, too.
There also was that California man, Richard Pinedo, who pleaded guilty to an identity theft charge related to the 13 Russian indictments charging conspiracy and identity theft connected to Russian social media and hacking efforts. Oh, and three Russian companies have been charged as well. They might have created some of those wild campaign stories you posted on your Facebook page and emailed everybody.
That Trump — even if he didn't ask for and take any Russian help or try to obstruct justice — should be glad it's not illegal to hire sketchy characters. Talk about the "swamp" and the "deep state ... ."