Public Trust in the FBI
by Anna Fleck
The FBI raided former U.S. President Donald Trump’s private club and residence in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday, where they reportedly opened up a safe, following a search warrant for classified documents believed to have been removed from the White House. The raid has fuelled anger from Trump’s supporters, dozens of whom gathered outside the Mar-a-Lago home that night. Several Republicans have condemned the investigation body, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who said in a statement: “I’ve seen enough. The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization.”
So what do Americans actually think of the FBI? According to the most recent survey by Gallup on the topic, public trust in the FBI has fallen in recent years. Where 57 percent of U.S. adults said that the FBI was doing either an “excellent” or a “good” job in 2019, this fell to 44 percent in 2021. This change mostly comes down to a drop in trust from the Republican side, which saw a fall from 46 percent to 26 percent over the two years. Democrats, on the other hand, have maintained higher levels of confidence, at a level 66 percent.