HART RESEARCH ASSOCIATES/PUBLIC OPINION STRATEGIES Study #17160 -- page 1

MAY 2017 NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Interviews: 800 Adults, including 360 respondents with a cell phone only and Date: May 11-13, 2017
21 respondents reached on a cell phone but who also have a landline.

48 Male
52 Female
Study #17160
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

Please note: all results are shown as percentages unless otherwise stated.

The margin of error for 800 interviews among Adults is ±3.46%

The margin of error for 677 interviews among Registered Voters is ±3.77%

Unless otherwise noted by a “+” or “++”, all previous data shown reflects responses among all adults.

Q2a For statistical purposes only, would you please tell me how old you are?
(IF “REFUSED,” ASK:) Well, would you tell me which age group you belong to? (READ LIST)

18-24 ................................................................
7
25-29 ................................................................
11
30-34 ................................................................
12
35-39 ................................................................
8
40-44 ................................................................
8
45-49 ................................................................
9
50-54 ................................................................
8
55-59 ................................................................
10
60-64 ................................................................
10
65-69 ................................................................
5
70-74 ................................................................
4
75 and over ..........................................................
7
Not sure/refused .................................................
1

Q2b To ensure that we have a representative sample, would you please tell me whether you are from a Hispanic
or Spanish-speaking background?

Yes, Hispanic ...................................................
11
No, not Hispanic ...............................................
88
Not sure/refused .............................................
1

Q2c And again, for statistical purposes only, what is your race--white, black, Asian, or something else?

White ..............................................................74
Black ..............................................................12
Asian .............................................................. 2
Other .............................................................. 3
Hispanic (VOL) ............................................. 7
Not sure/refused ........................................... 2

White, Non-Hispanic.......................................71

Q3 Registered Voter.

Yes ................................................... 85
No ..................................................... 15
Not sure .......................................... -
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Q4 In general, do you approve or disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president?

5/17 4/17 2/17
Approve................................................................
39 40 44
Disapprove ................................ 54 54 48
Not sure ................................ 7 6 8

Moving on…
Q5 Now I'm going to read you the names of several public figures, groups, and organizations and I'd like you to
rate your feelings toward each one as very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative, or very
negative. If you don't know the name, please just say so. (ALWAYS ASK DONALD TRUMP FIRST,
RANDOMIZE REST)

Don't Know
Very Somewhat Somewhat Very Name/
Positive Positive Neutral Negative Negative Not Sure
Donald Trump
May 2017 ........................................... 21 17 9 10 42 1
April 2017 ................................................ 23 16 11 10 40 -
February 2017 ......................................... 27 16 10 12 35 -
January 2017 .......................................... 20 18 13 10 38 1
December 2016 ....................................... 20 20 13 11 35 1
October 10-13, 2016+ ............................. 15 14 8 10 52 1
October 8-10, 2016+ ............................... 17 13 7 12 51 -
September 2016+................................ 15 13 11 12 49 -
August 2016+ .......................................... 13 15 11 11 50 -
July 2016+ ............................................... 10 17 13 11 49 -
June 2016+ ............................................. 12 17 11 12 48 -
May 2016+ .............................................. 13 16 12 14 44 1
April 2016+ .............................................. 11 13 10 12 53 1
March 2016+ ........................................... 12 13 11 10 54 -
February 2016+ ....................................... 11 17 12 10 49 1
January 2016+ ........................................ 14 15 12 11 47 1
December 2015 ....................................... 12 15 13 12 47 1
October 25-29, 2015 ............................... 10 17 17 14 42 -
October 15-18, 2015 ............................... 13 17 17 14 39 -
September 2015 ...................................... 8 17 16 14 44 1
July 2015 ................................................. 10 16 16 13 43 2
February 2011 ......................................... 9 17 40 18 11 5
May 2004+ .............................................. 9 17 38 14 15 7
December 1999 ....................................... 4 12 28 24 25 7
October 1999 .......................................... 3 11 25 23 32 6
July 1990 ................................................. 3 11 28 25 24 9

The Federal Bureau of
Investigation or FBI
May 2017 ........................................... 20 32 30 12 4 2
April 2017 ........................................... 16 31 34 11 7 1
December 2016 .................................. 12 25 35 18 9 1
July 2016+ .......................................... 14 26 31 16 11 2
June 2016+ ........................................ 13 35 33 11 5 3
December 2014 .................................. 12 30 37 10 6 5
May 30-June 2, 2013.......................... 18 30 35 10 5 2
June 2006 ......................................... 13 29 35 15 5 3
June 2002 .......................................... 10 30 24 21 12 3
July 1995 ............................................ 15 34 25 15 8 3

James Comey
May 2017 ........................................... 6 12 35 16 10 21
November 2016++ ............................. 4 11 21 13 11 40

+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.
++ Results shown reflect responses among likely voters.
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SUMMARY TABLE OF IMAGES – BY D/S (POSITIVE – NEGATIVE)
TOTAL TOTAL
D/S
POSITIVE NEGATIVE
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI ........... 52 16 36
James Comey ......................................................... 18 26 -8
Donald Trump ......................................................... 38 52 -14

Q6 Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the president on each of his positions on specific issues,
please tell me when it comes to the day-to-day role of president and leading and representing America, do
you have (ROTATE TOP TO BOTTOM, BOTTOM TO TOP) a great deal of confidence in Donald Trump as
president, quite a bit of confidence, not much confidence or no real confidence at all in Donald Trump?

5/17 4/17
Great deal of confidence ......................................... 17 18
Quite a bit of confidence ......................................... 24 27
Not much confidence .............................................. 20 22
No real confidence at all ......................................... 37 33
Not sure ................................................................ 2 -

Q7 How closely would you say you follow stories from Washington, DC, that deal with politics and government--
very closely, somewhat closely, not that closely, or not closely at all?

Follow very closely .................................................. 38
Follow somewhat closely ........................................ 43
Do not follow that closely ........................................ 10
Do not follow closely at all....................................... 8
Not sure ................................................................ 1

Now, talking about one issue in the news…
Q8 Now as you may know, health care legislation was recently passed by the House of Representatives and
supported by Donald Trump. From what you have heard about this health care legislation, do you think it is
(ROTATE) – a good idea or a bad idea? If you do not have an opinion either way, please just say so. (If
Good idea/Bad idea, ask:) And, do you feel that way strongly, or not so strongly?

Total good idea ............................ 23
Strongly good idea ...................... 18
Not so strongly good idea ........... 5
Total bad idea............................... 48
Not so strongly bad idea ............. 5
Strongly bad idea......................... 43
Do not have an opinion ............... 28
Not sure ..................................... 1
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And, turning to another issue…
Q9 Have you seen, read, or heard the news coverage about Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James
Comey? (IF YES:) And, have you seen, read, or heard a lot or just some about this?

Total Yes .............................................................. 93
Yes, a lot .......................................................... 56
Yes, some ........................................................ 37
No ................................................................... 6
Not sure ........................................................ 1

Q10 Do you approve or disapprove of Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey? If you don’t
know enough to say either way please just say so.

Approve ....................................... 29
Disapprove................................... 38
Don’t know enough to say............ 32
Not sure ..................................... 1

Q11 Has Donald Trump's decision to fire James Comey as Director of the FBI impacted how you feel about
Donald Trump's handling of the job of President? (IF YES:) Has it given you a more favorable impression of
him or a less favorable impression of him?

Yes, more favorable......................................... 6
Yes, less favorable .......................................... 30
No ................................................................... 61
Not sure ........................................................ 3
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Q12 I'm going to mention several reasons why some people say that President Trump fired James Comey as FBI
Director and for each one please tell me if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or
strongly disagree with this statement. If you don't know enough to say either way, please just say so.
(ROTATE)

THIS TABLE RANKED BY PERCENTAGE WHO SAY AGREE
Don’t
Strongly Somewhat Somewhat Strongly Know
Agree Agree Disagree Disagree Enough
President Trump fired Comey to slow down the FBI
investigation into Russia's involvement in the last
presidential election and possible connections to
the Trump campaign and Administration.
May 11-13, 2017 ................................................................ 31 15 10 26 18
President Trump fired Comey due to legitimate
concerns about the way Comey handled and
released information about the FBI investigation
into Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server .
May 11-13, 2017 ................................................................ 18 20 14 29 19

Q13 I’m going to mention several different issues related to the Trump Administration, and for each one please
tell me if this gives you more confidence in Donald Trump as president, gives you more doubts about Donald
Trump as president, or does this not change your view of Donald Trump either way? If you do not know
enough about this issue to have an opinion, please just say so and we’ll move on. (IF
CONFIDENCE/DOUBTS) And, it that a lot or just somewhat more (confidence/doubts)? (RANDOMIZE)

THIS TABLE RANKED BY PERCENTAGE WHO SAY MORE CONFIDENCE
Somewhat Somewhat A Lot
A Lot More More More More No Not
Confidence Confidence Doubts Doubts Opinion Sure
Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director
James Comey.
May 11-13, 2017 ................................................................ 15 12 12 30 28 3
The steps that Donald Trump has taken to
separate his business dealings from his official
duties.
May 11-13, 2017 ................................................................ 11 13 11 33 29 3
The Trump administration’s handling of
allegations of campaign and administration’s
officials’ contacts with Russia.
May 11-13, 2017 ................................................................ 5 8 16 32 35 4
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On a different topic… (ROTATE)
Q14a How much confidence do you have in Congress to conduct a fair and impartial investigation into Russia’s
involvement in the 2016 presidential election (ROTATE TOP TO BOTTOM, BOTTOM TO TOP) – a great
deal, some, only a little, or no confidence at all?

5/17 4/17
A great deal of confidence ............................................... 9 8
Some confidence ............................................................. 31 31
Only a little confidence ..................................................... 28 33
No confidence at all ......................................................... 30 28
Not sure........................................................................... 2 -

Q14b How much confidence do you have in the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct a fair and impartial
investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election (ROTATE TOP TO BOTTOM,
BOTTOM TO TOP) – a great deal, some, only a little, or no confidence at all?

A great deal of confidence................................................ 25
Some confidence .............................................................. 40
Only a little confidence ..................................................... 20
No confidence at all .......................................................... 12
Not sure ........................................................................... 3

Q15 When it comes to an investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election would you
rather see (ROTATE)

An investigation led by Congress ........................................................................... 15
An investigation led by an independent commission or a
special prosecutor ................................................................................................. 78
Neither (VOL)......................................................................................................... 3
Not sure .................................................................................................................. 4

APRIL 2017 RELATED TREND
An investigation led by Congress ........................................................................... 16
An investigation led by a non-partisan independent commission ......................... 73
Neither (VOL)......................................................................................................... 8
Not sure .................................................................................................................. 3
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Now I am going to ask you a few questions for statistical purposes only.
(ASK IF REGISTERED VOTER SAMPLE)
QF1 A lot of people are unable to get out and vote for many reasons. Did you happen to vote in the November
2016 election for president? (IF “YES,” ASK:) Which of the following statements describes your vote?
(ROTATE STATEMENTS :1-4 TOP TO BOTTOM, BOTTOM TO TOP)

(IF “SOMEONE ELSE,” ASK:) And, was your vote for Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, or someone else? +

Total Voted for Trump ................................................................................ 37
Total Voted for Clinton............................................................................... 40
Voted for Trump because you liked him or his policies .............................. 21
Voted for Trump because you did not like Clinton or her policies............... 16
Voted for Clinton because you did not like Trump or his policies ............... 16
Voted for Clinton because you liked her or her policies.............................. 24
Voted for Gary Johnson (VOL) ................................................................. 4
Voted for Jill Stein (VOL) .......................................................................... 2
Voted for someone else (VOL) ................................................................ 4
Voted, not sure ......................................................................................... 1
No, Did Not Vote ........................................................................................ 8
Not sure.................................................................................................... 4
+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

(ASK OF REPUBLICAN AND LEAN REPUBLICAN FROM REGISTERED VOTER SAMPLE)
QF1b Regardless of how you feel today, during the 2016 Republican nominating contest would you have
described yourself as a supporter of Donald Trump or a supporter of another Republican candidate, or did
you have no strong preference? +

Supporter of Donald Trump .......................................................................... 42
Supporter of another Republican candidate ................................................. 35
No strong preference.................................................................................... 22
Not sure...................................................................................................... 1
+ Results shown reflect responses among registered voters.

QF3 What is the last grade that you completed in school? (DO NOT READ CHOICES.)

Grade school ........................................................... 1
Some high school .................................................... 3
High school graduate .............................................. 25
Some college, no degree......................................... 15
Vocational training/School ...................................... 2
2-year college degree .............................................. 16
4-year college/bachelor's degree............................. 21
Some postgraduate work, no degree ...................... 2
2-3 years postgraduate work/master's degree......... 11
Doctoral/law degree ................................................ 4
Not sure/refused .................................................... -
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QF4 Generally speaking, do you think of yourself as a Democrat, a Republican, an independent, or something
else? (IF "DEMOCRAT" OR "REPUBLICAN," ASK:) Would you call yourself a strong (Democrat/Republican)
or not a very strong (Democrat/Republican)? (IF "NOT SURE," CODE AS "NOT VERY STRONG
DEMOCRAT/REPUBLICAN.") (IF "INDEPENDENT," ASK:) Do you think of yourself as closer to the
Republican Party, closer to the Democratic Party, or do you think of yourself as strictly independent? (IF
"NOT SURE," CODE AS "STRICTLY INDEPENDENT.")

Strong Democrat ............................... 22
Not very strong Democrat ................. 10
Independent/lean Democrat .............. 10
Strictly Independent........................... 17
Independent/lean Republican ............ 10
Not very strong Republican ............... 7
Strong Republican ............................. 17
Other (VOL)..................................... 5
Not sure........................................... 2

QF5 Thinking about your general approach to issues, do you consider yourself to be liberal, moderate, or
conservative? (IF "LIBERAL" OR "CONSERVATIVE," ASK:) Do you consider yourself to be very
(liberal/conservative) or somewhat (liberal/conservative)?

Very liberal ......................................................... 12
Somewhat liberal ............................................... 15
Moderate ............................................................ 36
Somewhat conservative ..................................... 17
Very conservative .............................................. 16
Not sure ........................................................... 4

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