Poll: FBI’s Mar-A-Lago Raid Eroded Trust

Poll: FBI's Mar-A-Lago Raid Eroded Trust
FBI Director Christopher Wray during a press conference. | Image by Tom Williams, AP Photo

(The Center Square) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raid on former President Donald Trump has eroded Americans’ trust in the agency, according to a new poll.

Rasmussen Reports released the data, which showed that 44% of surveyed Americans say the raid made them trust the federal law enforcement agency less.

“Last week’s raid by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on former President Donald Trump’s home has damaged the FBI’s standing with Republican and independent voters,” Rasmussen said. “A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports finds that 44% of Likely U.S. voters say the FBI raid on Trump’s Florida home made them trust the FBI less, compared to 29% who say it made them trust the bureau more. Twenty-three percent say the Trump raid did not make much difference in their trust of the FBI.”

Overall, Americans still view the agency more favorably than not.

“Fifty percent of voters have a favorable impression of the FBI, including 26% who have a Very Favorable view of the bureau,” Rasmussen said. “Forty-six percent now view the FBI unfavorably, including 29% who have a Very Unfavorable impression of the bureau.”

The survey comes after the FBI raid sparked backlash and accusations from Trump of “prosecutorial misconduct.” The FBI has not released many details about what they confiscated, though it did say in court filings Trump had classified documents at the property.

In light of criticism of the agency, FBI Director Christopher Wray released a statement  defending the agency.

“Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others,” he said. “Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans. Every day I see the men and women of the FBI doing their jobs professionally and with rigor, objectivity, and a fierce commitment to our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. I am proud to serve alongside them.”

Rasmussen asked Americans, “Is Christopher Wray a better or worse FBI director than most of those who held the job before him? Or is his performance about the same?”

The poll found 15% said he is better and 30% said he is worse. The rest were unsure or said he was about the same.

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  1. Get Real

    Whining Trump should have turned over the documents when the subpoena was issued months earlier so there would not have been any need for the FBI involvement and legal search.

    • caseyp

      I guess you don’t read or listen to real news. President was working on turning over the documents. You obviously don’t know that by not allowing any representative or legal council for President Trump to be present during the search was unconstitutional and illegal. The warrant to search President Trump’s home, like Hillary’s Steele dossier, was not obtained through proper procedures. But then when has the constitution, laws or proper procedure ever been a concern to Democrats.

      • Keepin it real!

        “Working on turning over the documents” What a crock! Trump’s own lawyer signed a letter saying all secret documents had been turned over. Whatever media you’re consuming is trash.

      • Janet

        And how would YOU know that? By watching or reading the news. Events are not TRUE just because you choose to believe what you want to hear.

  2. Bobby

    If Da Guv-mint can do this to a President…We are all next…Gestapo brown shirts. We need to do away with the FBI and start over. and get rid of the IRS and its new 80,000 nazi party ARMED IRS thugs

    • Keepin it real!

      Typical Fascist response. “We must burn down the village to save it!”

  3. Ronald Hunter

    Quite simply, it depends on what PART of the FBI the discussion is about. If I had someone kidnapped, I would get the FBI involved, because at that level at which this is handled, they are the best, and most trustworthy. At the level of national political issues, they are biased, and politically motivated, and totally untrustworthy.

    • Keepin it real!

      Based on what exactly? If you recall Comey opened ANOTHER investigation against Hillary Clinton (that led nowhere) 10 days before the election of 2016. I bet you LOVED the FBI then!

    • Earl Harvey

      Remember Waco

    • Earl Harvey

      How about the raid on Roger Stone’s residence with CNN coverage. 25 armed agents. A 69 year old man with a deaf wife at 5 A.M.

  4. Terry Harrison

    It eroded any sliver of trust in Trump. Bravo FBI Lock up the traitor.

  5. Roby

    The FBI throughout the year has received the highest worldwide trust and respect in opposition to our government.

    The raid on Mar-a -Lago confirms that the FBI does not discriminate between rich, poor and dishonest politicians aka Donald Trump who
    should be already in jail.

    • Junkdrawer

      Hilary and Bill and Biden’s son should join him there as well.

  6. EnnisWitherspoon

    “Judicial Watch: At Least 18 Classified Emails Found on Weiner’s Laptop”
    Search the title above to see the evidence produced by the State Department to Judicial Watch.

    Hillary email classified material to Huma’s child sexting convicted husband to print off of his laptop because “it was easier to print them from his laptop”.

    Where was the 9 hour search warrant raid on that one?

    Our Federal Government is a criminal organization.


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