The majority of American voters now believe the FBI has become “Biden’s Gestapo.”

according to a Rasmussen poll released on Thursday53% of voters now agree that there is “a group of politicized thugs at the head of the FBI who are using the FBI … as Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo”. The Gestapo was the official secret police of Nazi Germany.

Sentiment resonates particularly among Republicans, with 76% agreeing with the statement. Democrats, on the other hand, overwhelmingly (57%) disagree. Among members of either party, 49% agree with the characterization of the FBI as President Joe Biden’s “personal Gestapo,” and 38% disagree.

The statement was originally made by Roger Stone, an advisor to former President Donald Trump, in an interview on November 28, 2021 on the radio show WABC 770 AM by John Catsimatidis. In the interview, Stone criticized both the FBI’s raid on James O’Keefe’s home, Project Veritas Founder (conducted as part of an investigation into reports of a stolen diary from Biden’s daughter Ashley), and what he argued was “harassment” by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 protests on Capitol Hill. Stone himself lost to a FBI pre-dawn raid executed by over a dozen special agents in tactical gear in January 2019.

Rasmussen Reports conducted its poll of 1,000 likely US voters on Aug. 15-16, a week after the FBI raided the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence.

in the the surveyYour questioners asked, “Did the recent FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida home make you trust the FBI more or less?” Or didn’t Trump’s crackdown make a big difference in your trust in the FBI?”

While half of the Democrats polled said the Mar-a-Lago raid made them trust the FBI more, 70% of Republicans responded that the raid made them trust the FBI less. Almost half (46%) of non-aligned voters said the crackdown reduced their trust in the FBI, while just 18% said it increased their trust in the agency.

Perceived differential treatment of interested individuals by the FBI based on their party affiliation may be a factor in this bias. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) addressed the different approaches towards Trump and Hunter Biden.

Regarding general support for the FBI, 75% of Democrats have a positive opinion of the FBI. That’s a 12-point increase in support since December 2021. Only 30% of Republicans have a positive view of the FBI.

FBI Director Christopher Wray is seen as better than his predecessors by 15% of voters and worse than most of his predecessors by twice as many voters (30%).

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson recently hinted that beyond its Mar-a-Lago raid, the FBI is undermining public confidence elsewhere by citing the FBI’s alleged role in the kidnapping of Gretchen Whitmer. The majority of American voters now believe the FBI has become “Biden’s Gestapo.”

Laura Coffey

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