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While most Americans don't think President Donald Trump is an honest guy when it comes to the Russia probe, just over half give him high marks on his handling of the economy, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll published Sunday.

Just under half of Americans -- 46% -- approve of how Trump's performing on the job, up slightly from March, but still within the poll's margin of error. 

The poll of 900 adults was conducted between April 28 and May 1.

Showing how divided the nation remains, nine out of 10 respondents who identify as Republican said they support the president, while the number of Democrats who do was just over one in 10.

But 51% of all respondents approve of Trump's handling of the economy -- and that was before Friday's jobs report that found 263,000 jobs were created last month, driving the jobless rate down to 3.6%.

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The nation's feelings, however, were mixed on specifics. Trump's tax cut legislation got low marks, with just over a quarter of Americans believing it was a "good idea."

And, despite Trump's constant criticism of the nation's health care law -- often dubbed Obama Care -- passed by former President Barack Obama, many people like it: A total of 41% of respondents approved of it vs. 37% who disapproved.

Most Americans also appear to question the president's ability to be truthful: most Americans believe Trump has not been straight-forward about the investigation into Russia interference with the 2016 election, according to the poll.

When asked whether "Donald Trump has been honest and truthful when it comes to the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and related matters," a total of 60% of respondents said they "disagree."

Only a third feel Special Council Robert Mueller's final report on the matter "clears" Trump of any wrongdoing, although roughly the same share of Americans aren't sure one way or the other.

The poll was the first NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted after Mueller's report was released late last month.