Poll: Most Republicans think DOJ, FBI trying to 'delegitimize' Trump

Poll: Most Republicans think DOJ, FBI trying to 'delegitimize' Trump
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A majority of Republicans believe the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) are working to "delegitimize" President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE through the investigations into Russia's election hacking, according to a new poll released Monday.

Nearly three out of four Republicans, or 73 percent, think that “members of the FBI and Department of Justice are working to delegitimize Trump through politically motivated investigations,” the Reuters/Ipsos survey found.

Americans' views on the probes into Moscow's 2016 meddling are split along party lines.

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The same proportion of Democrats, three out of four, said they believed Trump and the GOP are trying to "delegitimize the FBI and DOJ in the investigation of Russian tampering in the 2016 presidential election."

While a majority of Americans — 52 percent — believe Trump or someone linked to his campaign colluded with Russia, the poll's findings reveal the president's influence among Republicans, who usually have the highest levels of trust in U.S. law enforcement agencies. 

In comparison, a 2015 Reuters/Ipsos poll found that nearly 84 percent of Republicans said they had a “favorable” view of the FBI. 

Trump has repeatedly attacked the FBI in his first year in office, saying the bureau's reputation is in "tatters." He also has expressed derision for the multiple investigations into Moscow's election meddling, calling the probes "fake news" and a "witch hunt."

The poll was conducted online from Feb. 3-5 and surveyed 2,251 adults, including 941 Democrats and 827 Republicans. The poll had a margin of error of 2 percentage points for the entire sample and 4 percentage points for Republicans and Democrats.