According to a survey, most Americans (54 percent) found Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI director James Comey inappropriate.

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The majority of Americans (54 percent) deemed the US President’s decision to fire FBI chief James Comey to be inappropriate, according to a poll released on Thursday by NBC.

The poll also indicated that 46 percent of respondents said they believed that the real reason for the dismissal was the investigation, led by James Comey, to the alleged relationship between Donald Trump’s campaign team and the Russian government.

The White House said the resignation was due to the handling of the e-mails case of former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Only 24 percent of Americans supported the government’s official version, while 22 percent said there was another reason behind the decision, according to the poll conducted by SurveyMonkey.

Among Democratic voters, two-thirds (67%) said they believed the real reason was research into Trump’s campaign links with Russia, while only 13% said they trusted the official version.

Fewer than half (43%) of Republican voters believed in the White House’s argument, while 22% considered the FBI’s investigation into the alleged Russian interference in the presidential election was the real reason.

Among the Republicans surveyed, 79% felt that the dismissal was adequate, against 83% of the Democrats who rejected it.

The SurveyMonkey survey, conducted online Wednesday and Thursday, had a sample of 3,746 people and has a margin of error of 2.5%.

The decision by the President of the United States to dismiss the head of the FBI raised a wave of outrage between representatives of the Democratic Party and opinion columnists in the US press.

The Democratic Party even compared the episode to President Richard Nixon’s cover-up attempt in the Watergate case.

The dismissal of the FBI director – something that had only happened once in US history – took place the day before Donald Trump received the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, in the White House.

 

 

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