Hill.TV poll: 40 percent think Trump has right to revoke security clearances over political statements

Forty percent of Americans said they think that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE has the right to revoke security clearances from former government officials if they make public political statements, according to a new American Barometer poll. 

The survey, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, found that 35 percent of respondents disagreed, saying they don't think Trump has the right to take away clearances from former officials who make public political statements. 

Twenty-four percent of respondents said they were unsure or that they did not know. 

There was a large partisan divide among the respondents, with 86 percent of Republicans surveyed agreeing that Trump has the right to take away security clearances and 57 percent of Democrats saying they didn't think the president had that right. 

“You’re asking people whether the president has the right to take away a security clearance," journalist and political analyst Bill Schneider told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"He’s the president of the United States. Of course, he has the right to take away a security clearance. They were members of the executive branch, so I don’t think that’s a matter of public opinion," he continued. 

The White House announced last week that Trump was revoking former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanNew book: Putin tried to reinforce Trump’s belief in a ‘deep state’ undermining him Retired admiral resigned from Pentagon advisory committee after writing open letter to Trump Rand Paul ramps up his alliance with Trump MORE’s security clearance for using his status as a former government official to make “unfounded and outrageous” comments about the administration.

Brennan hit back against Trump, calling the move an “abuse of power.”

Trump is also reviewing access to classified information for several former intelligence officials who have publicly criticized Trump or who have been attacked by the White House.

The officials include former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyRosenstein report gives GOP new ammo against DOJ Gowdy: Declassified documents unlikely to change anyone's mind on Russia investigation Pompeo on Rosenstein bombshell: Maybe you just ought to find something else to do if you can't be on the team MORE, former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperNational security leaders: Trump's Iran strategy could spark war FBI memos detail ‘partisan axes,’ secret conflicts behind the Russia election meddling assessment Foreign hackers a legitimate concern for ballot machines, says cybersecurity expert MORE and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

The American Barometer survey was conducted on Aug. 20 and 21 among 1,000 registered voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. 

— Julia Manchester