FBI Director James Comey is unpopular across the political spectrum, says a new survey that finds voters have a negative opinion of Comey by a more than two-to-one margin, reports The Hill. A Harvard-Harris Poll of registered voters says that 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.
That could change for the worse, as the survey was conducted before Comey’s testimony on Monday before the House Intelligence Committee that frustrated many Republicans. Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) lamented that Comey had cast “a big, gray cloud” over the Trump administration. “Even in 1953, the height of McCarthyism, Gallup had 78 percent saying J. Edgar Hoover, Jr. was doing a good job and only 2 percent a poor job,” said Harvard-Harris Poll co-director Mark Penn. “Comey’s ratings, which are two-to-one negative, suggest a crisis of confidence in his leadership as top law enforcement officer.”