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Poll: 54 Percent of Americans Say Comey Firing Wasn’t Appropriate

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The early returns are in, and America is evidently not on board with the firing of James Comey as FBI Director.

That according to an NBC/SurveyMonkey online poll which was conducted over the past two days. The poll finds that 54 percent of Americans do not believe that President Donald Trump’s dismissal of Comey was appropriate. Thirty-six percent disagree and think that Trump handled it appropriately.

Further, the survey finds that 46 percent of the public thinks that Comey was canned because of the Russia investigation. Twenty-four percent say the Hillary Clinton email scandal was the primary reason for the firing, and 22 percent say something else is to blame for Comey’s ouster.

As you might expect, the results of the survey come down pretty much along party lines. On the question of whether or not the firing was appropriate, Democrats said no by an 84-13 margin, while Republicans said yes 79-13. Independents believe it wasn’t appropriate by a 61-30 margin.

And the partisan divide continues on the other question. Sixty-seven percent of Democrats chalk up the Comey firing to Russia, while a plurality of Republicans, 43 percent, say it was because of the Clinton email probe.

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