Republicans are already writing their political obituary in 2018 and basically crediting the Comey firing for ending Trump’s presidency. As is often the case, however, the view from inside the beltway and outside the beltway can be very, very different.

Take this recent poll from March of this year which found that one of the few people in Washington with worse Favorable/Unfavorable numbers than President Trump …. was FBI Director James Comey:

FBI Director James Comey is unpopular across the political spectrum, according to a new poll that finds voters have a negative opinion of Comey by a more than two-to-one margin.

According to data from a Harvard-Harris Poll survey of registered voters provided exclusively to The Hill, only 17 percent have a favorable view of Comey, compared to 35 percent who have a negative view of him.

Forty-one percent of Democrats have an unfavorable view of Comey, with only 12 percent saying they view him positively.

Comey is almost at break-even among Republicans, with 26 percent viewing him positively and 27 percent viewing him negatively.

I’ve been searching for polls on whether voters approve of Trump’s actions in firing Comey, I suspect we’ll get mixed results depending on how the questions are phrased. However, there has been somewhat universal hatred of Comey, even down to the individual voter level, ever since his interference in the election back 2016.

Republicans shouldn’t count on Comey’s bad poll numbers to save them, and it looks like several of them are voicing serious concerns about their 2018 prospects:

“It is a debacle,” said one Republican in constant touch with the West Wing. “They got everything — timing, rationale, reaction — completely wrong.”

And therein lies the problem. Comey might have been disliked by the public, but the public dislikes people in power seeming to act in their own self-interest for the means of self-preservation even more.

I’m sure we’ll see some polls out today by the evening news time about whether the public agrees with the decision to fire Director Comey. I actually bet a plurality of voters may support the firings, despite having reservations about the timing or relation to ongoing investigations. Comey is one person in Washington who unites bipartisan, which is very hard to accomplish.

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  1. Gee, Nate, could it be because he fired Comey in a blatantly desperate attempt to cover up his treason?

  2. The time to fire Comes should have been just prior to the election for his biased interference. It would have been highly welcomed given his mismanagement of the Clinton investigation based on zero reasonable evidence. His firing at that point would look suspicious to the opposition though. Just as it looks suspicious now.

    Trump would still be investigated by his successor. The same applies here of course, but the timing still reeks.

    Firing him now by the current administration does not remove the current motive for the firing. Just because he deserves to be fired does not detract from the current issue with Trump firing the man who is heading the investigations into Trump’s misconduct re Russia.

  3. Have the Democrats been reading about Joseph Goebbels? After all it was Goebbels who said that ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it’.

    This explains the Democratic politicians and their lackeys in the MSM to a tee. When are they going to give up about trying to tie President Trump and Russia? I guess some are hoping that Goebbels was right. While those who get their political information from the likes of Kim Kardashian wouldn’t have an idea as to who Joseph Goebbels was.?

    • The UPI article doesn’t go into specifics.

      When people were reminded that there was an ongoing investigation of Russia’s involvement in the election, 41 to 34 said the firing was inappropriate.

      On the other hand, if people were reminded of things Comey had said, 47 percent said the firing was appropriate. (The Hillary connection matters.)

      Also, it’s not true that Comey was universally disliked. The mid-April Morning Consult Poll said Republicans actually approved of him 39% to 30%, and Independents were split 28 to 29%. Even Democrats were not adamant–only 32 to 36% against him.

      https://morningconsult.com/2017/05/11/partisanship-strong-factor-voters-stance-comey-firing/

      • The whole argument is wrong. Comey should never had the power to prosecute. It wasn’t his job. Loretta Lynch should have stepped down. She is bright enough to know better. And, the media should have put both of their feet to the fire.
        They needed to go.
        Furthermore, this Russian story, is becoming a huge distraction. Some people paid someone to create a dossier and spread it all over “classified” that turned intellegent people into blathering idiots… I see the same thing going on with this Russian story. They are grasping at straws and the FBI has become a political ping pong ball. They should be above reproch.
        It seems to me, manners and free thought have left the Democratic party… Most appear to be drunk.

  4. Of course, we don’t know how many people heard the question this way:

    How do you feel about Trump firing a “Commie”?

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