Poll: James Comey has lower job approval rating than President Trump

While President Trump has taken a lot of heat for firing FBI Director James Comey -- and polling shows people think it was the wrong move -- it turns out Trump is more popular with the American public than Comey.

A new Harvard-Harris poll released on Tuesday to The Hill found a majority 60 percent of participants disapproved of Comey's handling of his job at the bureau, while just 40 percent approved.

The same poll found that Trump's approval rating fell to 45 percent from 49 percent in March.

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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.

"The poll, taken at the height of the Comey frenzy, shows a weakening hand as would be expected," co-director of the Harvard-Harris survey Mark Penn said.

The Trump administration released several contradicting statements on the firing of Comey. The White House initially said the president was following the recommendation of the assistant attorney general, however, Trump later said he had planned to fire Comey with or without the recommendation.

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Penn concluded that Trump was "more in trouble for the way he fired Comey rather than for removing him."

According to the poll, Comey's favorability rating is 39 percent negative and only 31 percent positive. Trump's favorability rating has declined but is still at 42 percent positive and 53 percent negative.

Another survey from Reuters/Ipsos, found Trump with a 38 percent approval rating on Monday, which represents a sharp drop as well as his lowest rating since Inauguration Day.

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