A new poll shows that party affiliation has a significant
bearing on how voters view President Donald Trump’s recent firing
of FBI Director James Comey.
Morning Consult/Politico poll, conducted between May 9 and
11, found that 62% of Republicans and 16% of Democrats
think Trump was right to remove the director of the nation’s
top law enforcement agency.
a previous poll conducted in mid-April, Republicans were
much less in favor of the potential firing, while Democrats
were slightly more supportive than they are now. In April, 31% of
Republican voters, and 22% of Democrats, believed Comey should
lose his job.
All respondents — Democrats, Republicans, and independents —
were more likely to say Trump’s decision was inappropriate after
they were informed of the FBI’s ongoing investigation
into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian
After being told of Comey’s controversial handling of the
investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, 47% of
all voters — 70% of Republicans and 29% of Democrats — thought it
was appropriate to fire him.
The May poll had just over 1,700 respondents and the April
survey polled almost 2,000 voters. Both polls have a margin
of error of plus or minus two percentage points.
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