Forty-five percent of likely U.S. voters say the questions being raised about President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey are due mostly to genuine concerns that the law may have been broken, while 43 percent say it is mostly because of partisan politics, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released on Monday.
Twelve percent of the respondents were not sure about the motivating factor of those questioning the move.
Other results from the survey include:
- 67 percent of Democrats said the questions over the firing are mostly due to concerns about the law, while 58 percent of Republicans said the criticism is mostly political.
- Among those not affiliated with either party, 48 percent said questioning the move is mainly due to partisan politics, while 35 percent said they are due to genuine concerns about the law.
- In comparison, 49 percent said last July it is more likely that House Speaker Paul Ryan was playing politics when he called to block Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton from receiving intelligence briefings following the FBI's conclusion that she was "extremely careless" with classified information during her tenure as secretary of state, while 38 percent percent said Ryan was honestly looking out for national security.
- Fifty-nine percent of respondents said it is likely the president tried to pressure the FBI not to investigate any ties between Trump associates and the Russian government, while 35 percent consider such pressure as unlikely.
- Fifty-two percent said Trump fired Comey because of the Russian probe, while 37 percent said he fired the FBI director because he was doing a poor job. Eleven percent were unsure.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on May 17-18. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
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