Nearly half of U.S. voters say it would be inappropriate for President Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, according to a new survey.
A Politico/Morning Consult poll finds 48 percent think it would be wrong to fire Mueller. Twenty-two percent think it would be appropriate.
Democrats are far more likely to say it would be inappropriate for the Trump administration to dismiss Mueller than Republicans, according to the poll.
A majority of Democrats, 67 percent, says it would be inappropriate to fire Mueller, compared with just 11 percent who think the opposite.
Only 29 percent of Republicans say it would be inappropriate, compared to 37 percent who say it would be an appropriate move to fire Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.
Forty percent of voters approve of the way Mueller is handling the Russia investigation, compared with 27 percent who disapprove. But another one-third of voters don't have an opinion or don't know.
The poll was conducted from July 20 to 24 among 3,981 registered voters. The margin of error is 2 percentage points.
Trump has in the past decried the Russia investigation as a "witch hunt" and the president and his aides have repeatedly denied collusion.
Trump in recent days has been going after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE, who has recused himself from the investigation. During an interview last week, Trump said it was unfair that Sessions recused himself and suggested he would have chosen someone else for the role had he known Sessions was going to recuse himself.