(LifeSiteNews) A new Rasmussen poll released Thursday conducted the week after the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) launched a raid on former president Donald Trump’s Palm Beach estate found that a majority of Americans view the agency as President Joe Biden’s “personal gestapo,” agreeing with a statement made in November by former Trump advisor Roger Stone.
According to the poll, 53% of likely voters agree with Stone, among whom 34% strongly agree with Stone. The number marks an increase from a poll conducted in December, which found that 46% of likely voters agreed with Stone’s assessment.
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“a majority of Americans, 53%, view the FBI as “Joe Biden‘s personal Gestapo,” according to a new Rasmussen poll out Thursday.”
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) August 18, 2022
The poll also found that most Republicans have a negative opinion of the FBI after the raid, with only 30% of Republicans holding a favorable view of the agency, down from 38% in December. Among Republicans with an unfavorable view of the agency, 49% have a very unfavorable view.
The poll also found that 75% of Democrats hold a favorable view of the FBI, up from 63% in December, and that opinions on the FBI changed for independents, with 50% of independents holding an unfavorable view of the agency, while 45% hold a favorable view.
Last November, Stone said in an interview with John Catsamitidis on 77 WABC radio that “We have a group of politicized thugs at the top of the FBI, who are using the FBI – and I hate to say it – as Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo.” Stone also compared subpoenas delivered to him by federal agencies to press releases and were disclosed to the press before his lawyers received them.
The poll was conducted after the FBI raid on former President Trump’s Palm Beach estate Mar-A-Lago earlier this month. Trump released a statement as the FBI conducted the raid, saying “Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.”
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