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Six Charts Show How Americans Perceive The FBI's Actions

Our data shows that the FBI has a perception problem exacerbated by partisanship.

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during a hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee
FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during a hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee at Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill August 4, 2022 in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Americans feel that the FBI’s actions have been harsher on Republicans and lenient towards Democrats. Further, Americans’ perception of the FBI reflects the deep polarization in the country.

Those are the key findings of a TIPP Poll of 1,277 Americans taken from Wednesday to Friday this week. The credibility interval for the online survey is +/- 2.8 points.

The poll asked Americans: “How would you rate the FBI’s action and treatment of the following?” Respondents were presented with seven cases:

  • Hillary Clinton, related to the email server
  • Donald Trump, related to documents
  • Hunter Biden, related to laptop contents and business dealings
  • Jan 6 rioters
  • Antifa/BLM protesters of the summer of 2020
  • Peter Navarro, former Trump White House adviser
  • Roger Stone, political consultant

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