A new survey suggests declining public support for the bureau following the raid on Donald Trump’s Florida home
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters is seen in Washington, DC, August 13, 2022. © AP / Jose Luis Magana
More than half of respondents in a new survey have said they view the FBI as US President Joe Biden‘s “personal Gestapo,” reflecting increasingly polarized views about the federal policing agency’s hounding of former President Donald Trump.
A Rasmussen poll published on Thursday showed a deep split in Americans’ attitudes toward the FBI, with 44% of respondents saying the recent raid on Trump’s Florida home made them lose trust in the bureau. However, a significant 29% said the move only increased their confidence in the FBI, while 23% said it made no difference.
Asked about previous comments by former Trump adviser Roger Stone – who said “politicized thugs at the top of the FBI” are using the agency as “Joe Biden‘s personal Gestapo” – a majority (53%) agreed, including 34% who concurred “strongly.” The 53% figure is up from 46% last December, although a more recent survey found 36% disagree with Stone’s characterization. The results were split along party lines, with 76% of Republican and 37% Democrat respondents agreeing with the “Gestapo” label.