FBI director James Comey’s firing isn’t well-supported by the American public, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday.
Just 29 percent of respondents said they approved of Comey’s firing, while 38 percent said they disapproved. However, 32 percent of respondents said they don’t have enough to say on the situation.
President Donald Trump fired Comey on Tuesday. The FBI was conducting an investigation on interference in the 2016 election by Russia.
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. In comparison, 38 percent of respondents said they agree that Comey was fired due to how he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Seventy-eight of respondents are in support of an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s involvement, while only 15 percent said that Congress should handle the investigation.
Trump’s job approval rating did not change much from last month’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, down 1 percentage point to 39 percent, which is well within the poll’s margin of error.
The poll was conducted May 11-13, with 800 adults interviewed, including nearly half by cell phone. There is a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.