Poll: Majority oppose President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey


President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last week not only upset politicians but American voters have also voiced their disapproval.

A new poll conducted by AOL News found that a majority of people surveyed oppose the president's decision to fire Comey.

Of those polled, 53 percent said they did not agree with Trump's firing of the FBI director, while 41 percent of respondents said they agreed. Six percent said they were unsure.

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President Trump's controversial dismissal of James Comey was met with pushback from Democrats and Republicans alike, with both sides of the aisle voicing grave concerns about the timing of Comey's firing.

The backlash from last week's dismissal of Comey and White House contradictions has carried over in new polls this week. According to a new NBC/WSJ poll, Trump's historically low approval rating has slipped again. Just 39 percent of those surveyed said they approve of the job the president is doing -- down from 40 percent in April.

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Vice President Mike Pence and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told press that Trump acted on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein when he fired James Comey. However, days later, Trump contradicted those statements, telling NBC News on Thursday that he would've fired Comey regardless of any recommendations from the Justice Department.

During the same interview with NBC News, Trump said he and Comey had talked several times and that the FBI director assured him he was not under investigation.

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Trump added even more fuel to the fire when he threatened Comey in a tweet on Friday morning. The president warned, "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

The White House has yet to confirm or deny whether there are "tapes" of their conversations.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham weighed in on Trump's tweet, saying the White House must "clear the air" about whether there are any taped conversations.

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"You can't be cute about tapes. If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over," Graham told NBC News.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has also demanded that Trump release any potential tapes of conversations he had with Comey. In addition, Schumer demanded a special prosecutor be appointed to continue the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia.

** Polls conducted by AOL.com do not use scientific sampling. Surveys sample thousands of users and consistently reflect results to polls administered by other outlets.