Comey's approval rating lower than Trump's in new poll
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 19:04
Overall, 60 percent opposed Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and 72 percent favor appointing a special prosecutor to look into allegations of Russian meddling in the campaign.
"Much of the media is now just another part of the partisan divide in the country with Republicans not trusting the "mainstream" media and Democrats seeing them as reflecting their beliefs", Mark Penn, co-director of the Harvard-Harris Poll, said.
"President Donald Trump remains mired in terrible mid-30s approval numbers and the red flags that are popping up tell an even darker story", Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.
Nearly six in 10 US voters polled by Quinnipiac, 59 percent, said Trump was dishonest, while just 36 percent said he was honest. Trump says Comey was sacked because he no longer had confidence in him to lead the agency, a claim that only 36% of Americans say they believe. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the Russian Federation probe last week. The media's obsession with reporting on every perceived scandal they can find in the Trump Administration, whether real or fake, hasn't served the media's own credibility well, (at the very least with conservatives.) The study's writers found that conservative voters were turned off by the media's eagerness to uncover all the dirt they could find in the White House, when in many cases, these stories ended up being full of nothing more than hot air.
Majorities also disapproved of Comey's firing, did not believe Trump's claim that Comey told him he was not under investigation, and believed that the president did ask Comey to drop his probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Police overseeing the investigation into Monday night's suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester have stopped sharing information with American counterparts, BBC News reports, after US officials allegedly leaked information about the attacker and his explosive to the press before British police wanted the information released.
The survey data indicated that voters agreed, with 63 percent of respondents approving of Mueller's appointment and only 22 percent disapproving.
In the most one-sided response, 89 percent of respondents said they wanted to see increased bipartisan cooperation and less attacks and vitriol across the political aisle.
The Republican bill, which also allowed states to seek waivers from the requirement that insurers don't charge more for policyholders with pre-existing conditions, was unpopular with the public.
The Quinnipiac poll of 1,404 voters was conducted May 17-23 and had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.