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Poll Shows Few Americans Support Comey's Firing

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President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey was not well received by the American public, a new poll indicates.

Just 29 percent of respondents surveyed in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll approve one of the most stunning punitive actions by the Trump administration.

Trump dismissed Comey last week, citing recommendations from the Justice Department that included disapproval of the way he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server during the presidential election campaign.

Democrats say Trump took the action because the U.S. investigating agency was probing alleged Russian links to the Trump presidential election campaign.

While 38 percent said they disapprove of Comey's dismissal, 32 percent of respondents said they don't have enough to say on the matter.

According to the poll, 46 percent of Americans agree with the statement that Trump fired Comey to slow down the FBI investigation of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election that may harm the president.

In comparison, 38 percent of respondents agree with the argument that Comey was dismissed because of how he handled the probe into Clinton's emails.

The presidential action had the support of 58 percent of Republicans who took part in the poll, while just 9 percent of Democrats approve. The percentage of Republicans who disapprove of the dismissal is just 8. 66 percent of Democrats oppose the move.

Despite facing widespread criticism over one of the most controversial actions by the president within four months of assuming office, his job-approval rating has declined only marginally, according to the poll.

The poll, conducted between May 11th and 13th, shows an overall approval rating of 39 percent for Trump, which is one point lower than the NBC/WSJ survey conducted a month before.

by RTT Staff Writer

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