Only 1 In 6 Americans Hold 'Favorable' View Of FBI Director Comey
The Director of The FBI has managed to do what many have failed to do - bring a desperately divided nation together. James Comey is unpopular across the political spectrum, according to a new poll that finds voters have a negative opinion of Comey by a more than two-to-one margin.
Forty-one percent of Democrats have an unfavorable view of Comey, with only 12 percent saying they view him positively.
Comey is almost at break-even among Republicans, with 26 percent viewing him positively and 27 percent viewing him negatively.
Among independents, Comey has an overall negative rating, with 17 percent holding a positive view compared to 36 percent with a negative view of the FBI director.
Harvard-Harris Poll co-director Mark Penn said, "Comey’s ratings, which are two-to-one negative, suggest a crisis of confidence in his leadership as top law enforcement officer."
That could change for the worse, as the Harvard-Harris Poll survey was conducted prior Comey’s testimony on Monday before the House Intelligence Committee that frustrated many Republicans. Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) lamented that Comey had cast “a big, gray cloud” over the Trump administration.
Finally we note that a plurality of voters - 40 percent - say Congress is spending too much time on Russia and Trump’s wiretapping claims.