Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate on Thursday definitely caused a stir throughout the country. After Comey’s hearing ended, pollsters scrambled to try and gain a better understanding of how it was received by the American people.
It’s becoming the norm for polls — not who’s conducting them — not to paint Trump in a positive light, and this Huffington Post/YouGov poll, which questioned 1,000 adults between June 8 and June 9, is no different.
Although voters do not approve of Comey more than Trump (37 percent view Trump favorably while 34 percent view Comey favorably), they definitely find the former FBI director to be more trustworthy. Forty-six percent of voters said that they think Comey is more honest and trustworthy than Trump, while only 26 percent said the opposite. Twenty-eight percent said they were not sure.
The results of the polls showed that more voters feel uncertain about Comey, while they are more polarized in their views on President Trump. As stated above, 37 percent of voters view Trump favorably. Fifty-three percent view him unfavorably, and only 9 percent said they were unsure. Comey, on the other hand, is only viewed unfavorably by 33 percent of voters, and 32 percent remain unsure.
The majority of those who were polled also did not have positive responses to questions about Trump’s decision to fire Comey. While 45 percent said this was the wrong decision, only 28 percent said the president was right to do so. Twenty-seven percent said they were unsure.
Almost 50 percent of voters also made it clear that they think Trump’s decision to fire Comey was at least partly influenced by a desire to hinder the investigation into his Russia connections. Forty-nine percent said that they thought this was the primary reason behind the firing, while only 29 percent said the firing was not related to the investigation. Twenty-one percent said they were not sure.
Trump is also not going to pleased when he learns that 50 percent of voters believe he asked Comey to pledge loyalty to him.
In May, a source close to Comey revealed that, at the beginning of his presidency, Trump asked Comey to promise his loyalty. The accusation that Trump made such a request came up again during Thursday’s hearing, and the president has vehemently denied it. On Friday, he said about Comey:
‘I hardly know the man, I’m not going to say, “I want you to pledge allegiance.” Who would do that? Who would ask a man to pledge allegiance?’
According to the results of this poll, only 15 percent of voters believed Trump when he said he did not ask Comey to pledge loyalty. Thirty-six percent said they are still unsure.
Overall, the poll shows pretty clearly that the majority of the American people are either convinced Trump is guilty or are still confused. The percentage of people who are confident in his innocence, however, is pitifully low — just like his approval numbers.
There will always be a small percentage of people who stand by the president no matter what; as for the rest of the country, though, he’s going to have a hard time convincing them otherwise.
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