Nearly half of registered voters surveyed in a new poll think the FBI is up to no good and believe a special prosecutor is needed to ferret out misdeeds, while just 31% say the domestic surveillance bureau is acting in good faith.
The bureau has been front and center since before the 2016 presidential election, when then-Director James Comey reopened — then quickly closed — a probe into Hillary Clinton’s misuse of classified information. New revelations about a top-level agent involved in clearing Clinton, as well as a subsequent probe into whether President Trump colluded with Russia, have exploded into the news in recent days.
The poll, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, found that 49% of “likely U.S. voters” believe a special prosecutor “should be named to investigate whether senior FBI officials handled the investigation of Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump in a legal and unbiased fashion. Thirty-one percent (31%) disagree, but a sizable 19% are not sure.”
Sixty-two percent (62%) of Republicans are calling for an outside prosecutor to investigate the FBI, as is a plurality (49%) of voters not affiliated with either major political party. Among Democrats, 38% favor a special prosecutor; 40% are opposed, but 22% are undecided.
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