(CNN)Political preferences appear to be influencing how Americans view federal government agencies, such as the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to data from a Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday.

Among his charges: The FBI’s leadership was corrupt and “tried to do a number on your President.” He repeatedly publicly harassed his then-attorney general, Jeff Sessions, as “VERY weak” and personally responsible for the Mueller appointment.

Those criticisms of the FBI and attorney general coincided with massive dips in how Republicans viewed the FBI in 2017 and 2018, but — with the Mueller probe wrapped up and Trump’s ire somewhat abated — the percentage of Republicans who viewed the FBI favorably jumped to 66%. That’s closer to the 77% of Democrats who view the bureau favorably, which has been consistent throughout the Trump administration.

    When Trump took office in January 2017, 47% of Republicans viewed the Justice Department favorably, the survey found.

    Since the release last spring of the Mueller report — which Trump claimed as vindication despite the report pointedly stating that it did not exonerate him — and following turnover in the top ranks of the Justice Department and FBI, the President’s criticism has eased.

    Sixty-one percent of Republicans now have favorable views of the department, the Pew survey showed.

    Democrats, in contrast, view the agency far less favorably: down to 49% from 74%, a drop of 25 points.

    The Pew survey was conducted between September 5 and 16, prior to more recent developments such as a fiery political debate involving allegations by a whistleblower and Democrats officially commencing their impeachment probe.

    Pew solicited viewpoints on 16 government agencies and found a deeply partisan split on Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Seven in 10 Republicans support its work, while only 19% of Democrats do.

    The Justice Department and ICE did not immediately respond to requests for comment from CNN on Tuesday.

      The highest-ranked agency among those included on the survey was the Postal Service, with 90% favorability.

      The survey included just over 2,000 US adults and had an overall sampling error of 2.6 percentage points.

      Source: http://edition.cnn.com/


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