The American public doubts Trump's reasoning for firing Comey. Moreover, most Americans think Trump is abusing the powers of his office.
Washington (CNN) A majority of Americans believe that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey to deter that agency from investigating Trump's ties to Russia, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
Fifty-five percent of those polled by Quinnipiac University say Comey was removed "to disrupt the FBI investigation into potential coordination," a reasoning that Trump has denied. Trump says Comey was fired because he no longer had confidence in him to lead the agency, a claim that only 36% of Americans say they believe.
More than half of those polled, 54%, also say Trump is more generally abusing the powers of his office and Trump's approval rating continues to sag. Thirty-seven percent of Americans told Quinnipiac that they approve of Trump's job performance; 55% say they do not -- largely in line with daily tracking polls. CNN