With recent news reports and e-mails showing anti-Trump bias by several senior level FBI and Justice Department officials, nearly half of voters now believe there was an illegal effort to deny Donald Trump the presidency.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters think senior federal law enforcement officials broke the law in an effort to prevent Trump from winning last year’s election. Forty-one percent (41%) disagree. This includes 31% who say it’s Very Likely these senior officials broke the law and 23% who say it’s Not At All Likely. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
At least one of the officials in question also played a key role in the FBI’s decision not to seek an indictment of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of classified information while secretary of State. Most voters (53%) disagreed with that decision in a survey less than three weeks before the election, but now only 44% feel that way. Slightly more (46%) agree with the decision not to seek an indictment of Clinton, up from 39%.
On both questions, as is generally the case on political questions, there’s a wide difference of opinion between Republicans and Democrats.