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.

RELATED: Reaction to Trump's firing of James Comey

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But does anyone seriously believe @realDonaldTrump fired the top person investigating his ties to Russia because he was unfair to Hillary?
Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation
Gov. John Kasich statement on James Comey https://t.co/Wrwj6sGqnz
Removal of Director Comey only confirms need for select cmte to investigate #Russia's interference in 2016 election https://t.co/LfKlwSw6iQ
EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be "troubled by the timing and reasoning" of… https://t.co/NZY4qh3uiz
This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.
Firing of Comey tainted by extraordinary conflict of interest. Independent prosecutor must be appointed to restore… https://t.co/lXBIJtTf18
First Pres Trump fired Sally Yates, then Preet Bharara. Now #Comey. Doesn't seem like an accident. We must have a special prosecutor.
If we don't get a special prosecutor, every American will rightfully suspect that the decision to fire #Comey was part of a cover-up.
We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis.
Comey's fired, which means Trump must be one of the few people in DC that the FBI doesn't have something on.
My statement on James Comey https://t.co/NWBR8FGTCf
Elijah Cummings is calling for "immediate emergency hearings". https://t.co/iMsNmdPmHi
LEAHY: "This is nothing less than Nixonian." https://t.co/n4R4fWSgib
Sen. John McCain on Comey firing: "I regret that that took place. The president does have that authority, so I resp… https://t.co/pSEu3XXsj5
Statement on FBI Director Comey ➡ https://t.co/vB822Nw5OR
This should not be sugar coated. Firing Comey is up there in terms of the scariest things Trump has done.
I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.
My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of… https://t.co/qcm1PiFkNG
Ds were against Comey before they were for him.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ Statement on Director Comey #mepolitics https://t.co/LHCcbPJMsb https://t.co/xNUeGvENlv
Firing Comey has the foul stench of an attempt to stop an ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
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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.

SEE ALSO: Trump asked Comey to close Flynn probe: NY Times, citing Comey memo

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.

Possible replacements for FBI director James Comey

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Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe

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Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating  

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FBI Executive Assistant Director Richard McFeely

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Former Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI) 

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)

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Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe

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FBI Criminal Cyber, Response ad Services Branch Executive Assistant Director Paul Abbate

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Former NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

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Former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson

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Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers

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Former Prosecutor Michael Garcia

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Federal Judge Henry Hudson

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Former head of the Transportation Security Administration John Pistole

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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.

SEE ALSO: ACLU files Freedom of Information Act request seeking records on firing of FBI Director James Comey

"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.

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