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Comey more believable than Trump: poll

Comey more believable than Trump: poll
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A majority of U.S. voters polled believe former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyShowtime developing limited series about Jan. 6 Capitol riot Wray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges MORE more than they believe President TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday.

While Comey's overall approval rating was negative,  54 percent of respondents said that they believe Comey over the president. 

Thirty-five percent, on the other hand, believe Trump more than they do Comey.

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Those who believe Trump over Comey are overwhelmingly Republican. According to the poll, 76 percent of GOP respondents sided with the president. Forty-seven percent of white men and white voters without college degrees also said they believed Trump more than Comey.

The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,193 voters from April 20 to 24. Its margin of error is 3.4 percentage points. 

The poll comes as the public feud between Trump and Comey reemerges, spurred by the release of the former FBI director's memoir, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership."

Comey's book casts Trump as an unethical, self-interested leader with a tenuous relationship with the truth. It also takes a number of personal shots at Trump, including about his appearance. 

Trump fired Comey in May, ostensibly because of his handling of the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. But he later acknowledged that the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election also factored into his decision. 

Trump has repeatedly called Comey a liar and a leaker for authorizing the disclosure of personal memos detailing his interactions with the president.