Poll: Majority of Republicans say FBI is framing Trump

Poll: Majority of Republicans say FBI is framing Trump
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A majority of Republicans said President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE is being framed by the FBI and the Department of Justice, according to a new poll from The Economist/YouGov released Wednesday.

When asked if Trump is being framed, 61 percent of Republicans said he is. Seventeen percent said he is not and 21 percent said they are not sure.

The number is dramatically different among Democrats, with only 7 percent believing Trump is facing a biased FBI that is framing him. The majority of Democrats — 78 percent — said he is not being framed.

One-fourth of independents said he is being framed, compared to the 39 percent who said he is not.


In total, only 29 percent of American adults polled said Trump is being set up by the law enforcement agencies, compared to 45 percent who said he is not being framed. The remaining 26 percent said they were not sure. 

Trump has in recent months leveled heavy criticism at the FBI and the Justice Department regarding the investigation into possible Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.

He frequently refers to the probe as a “witch hunt” and accuses leadership at the agencies of being corrupt.

During an appearance on the “Fox & Friends” morning show last month, Trump threatened to intervene at the Justice Department.

"Because of the fact that they have this witch hunt going on, with people in the Justice Department that shouldn't be there — they have a witch hunt against the president of the United States going on," Trump said.

"You look at the corruption at the top of the FBI — it's a disgrace," Trump said. "And our Justice Department, which I try and stay away from, but at some point I won't."

A separate poll from CBS News on Tuesday found that a majority of Americans say special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE’s investigation into Russian interference is politically motivated.

The poll surveyed 1,500 adults online who were randomly selected from YouGov’s opt-in internet panel using sample matching. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.