Poll: 29 Percent Approve of Comey Firing

Just 29 percent of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as FBI director, according to a new poll. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey found that 38 percent disapprove of the decision. Among those who said they have been following the news closely, 33 percent approve, while 53 percent disapprove. Additionally, 78 percent of respondents said they would be in favor of an independent special prosecutor to oversee the probe into possible Trump-Russia ties. Trump abruptly fired Comey last week, and his administration pointed to Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email case. Democrats and many Republicans have decried the move, saying it creates the appearance that Trump fired the man overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as well as the potential role Trump associates played. Trump’s approval rating is still lagging, clocking in at 39 percent in the NBC/WSJ poll.