Robert Gehl reports President Donald Trump is under fire for firing FBI Director James Comey, but perhaps the media has underestimated how unpopular Comey is himself.
Despite the sluggish poll numbers, the former top law enforcement agent has an unfavorable rating of 60 percent compared to about 55 percent for Trump.
It goes to show that sometimes – sometimes – the American people aren’t completely susceptible to the leftist brainwashing of the mainstream media.
The Harvard poll released to The Hill found that about 60 percent of Americans disapproved of Comey’s handling of his job while at the Bureau, while only 40 percent approved.
In the poll, it also found that Trump’s approval rating has dropped from 49 percent in March to just 45 percent.
Trump is dealing with allegations of obstruction of justice from his controversial decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, media reports that the president revealed classified information in a private meeting with Russian diplomats and the Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including possible ties to Trump’s campaign.
“The poll, taken at the height of the Comey frenzy, shows a weakening hand as would be expected,” said Mark Penn, co-director of the Harvard-Harris survey.
The good news for Trump is that the vast majority of his supporters are still sticking with him. He currently has a 90 percent approval rating from his voting base in both the Democratic and Republican parties, Penn said.
Among Republicans, 85 percent support the job Trump is doing.
In the Comey firing, 59 percent say they believe Trump asked Comey to stop the Michael Flynn investigation. Comey’s favorability rating is at 31 percent positive and 39 negative. Seventy percent disapprove of the way Comey handled the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server from her time as secretary of State.
“The polling on Comey shows that President Trump is more in trouble for the way he fired Comey rather than for removing him,” Penn concluded.