Polls: More disapprove than approve of Trump firing FBI Director Comey

President Donald Trump stops his motorcade to greet supporters on Bingham Island near Mar-a-Lago in March. (Melanie Bell/The Palm Beach Post)

Two new polls show more Americans disapprove than approve of President Donald Trump‘s firing of FBI Director James Comey.

In an NBC News poll released this morning, only 29 percent approve of the firing, while 38 percent disapprove. A Gallup poll released Friday found 39 percent approving and 46 percent disapproving.

Fired FBI Director James Comey. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

By a 46-to-36 percent margin in the NBC poll, Americans think Trump fired Comey  “to slow down the FBI investigation into Russia’s involvement in the last presidential election and possible connections to the Trump campaign and Administration.”

Still, Trump’s overall approval rating is virtually unchanged in the NBC poll from last month, with 39 percent approving and 54 percent disapproving of the job the part-time Palm Beacher is doing as president.

Gallup on Friday showed Trump with a 40 percent approval and 55 percent disapproval rating.

NBC’s poll of 800 adults was conducted Thursday through Saturday and has a 3.5 percent margin of error.

Gallup’s poll of 1,013 adults was conducted Wednesday and Thursday and has a 4 percent margin of error.

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The latest RealClearPolitics.com average of all polls shows 41.5 percent approving and 53.4 percent disapproving of Trump’s performance.

The most Trump-friendly poll, Rasmussen Reports, found 45 percent approving and 55 percent disapproving in its first survey after Comey’s firing. In early May, Rasmussen showed 49 percent approval and 51 percent disapproval of Trump’s job performance.

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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