Long Island University’s Hornstein Center Poll Shows Majority Disapproval for Decision to Fire Comey

BROOKVILLE, N.Y., May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Long Island University’s Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling and Analysis found that 56 percent of Americans disapprove of President Donald J. Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.  The findings are based on the Center’s poll conducted from May 12 through May 19, 2017.

The vast majority of Americans have an opinion on the subject.  While the majority disapprove, the poll found that 35 percent of voters approve of the decision, and just 8 percent were undecided.


Conducted entirely via SMS text message, the Hornstein poll is a departure from the more traditional polling methods utilized by other organizations.

“This poll is based on an operating process that is targeting voters entirely through mobile devices, enabling us to procure responses in a highly efficient manner,” stated LIU Political Science Professor Stanley B. Klein.  “In this poll, the respondents reflected their resolute disagreement with President Donald Trump to remove FBI Director James Comey.”

The May 9 announcement that President Trump had fired FBI Director Comey attained national media coverage, explaining the salience of this nationwide survey.  Consistent with the partisan polarization that is factoring into the public’s views of many decisions, the LIU poll found that Republican overwhelmingly approved of the President’s decision by a 69/23 margin while Democrats disapproved by a 13/76 margin.  Independents and unaffiliated voters disapproved of the firing of Directory Comey by a 37/56 margin.

Polling Methodology
This Long Island University Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling & Analysis statistical poll was conducted May 12th to May 19th, 2017 entirely by SMS text messages conducted in English to 1465 registered voters aged 18-80. Polling data was sorted by age, political affiliation, gender & geographic location in efforts to ensure a nationwide representative sample. This poll has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.5 points. The Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling & Analysis is an independent and fully nonpartisan institute directed by Dr. Stanley B. Klein which endeavors to conduct research on a variety of issues affecting the American electorate. Dr. Klein has taught political science for over 50 years at LIU-Post bringing extensive experience in politics, government, and academia to the work done here at the Steven S. Hornstein Center.  For more information, contact andrew.batcheller@liu.edu.

About Long Island University (LIU)
LIU is one of the nation’s largest private universities. Since 1926, LIU has provided high quality academic programs taught by world-class faculty.  LIU offers hundreds of accredited programs to approximately 20,000 students and has a network of over 200,000 alumni, including leaders in industries across the globe. Visit liu.edu for more information.

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