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Gallup Vault: J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI and American Communists

In 1954, most Americans thought that if J. Edgar Hoover were to say that the FBI had most of the American communists under its eye, they would feel pretty sure it was true.

Gallup Vault: In 1975, an FBI Under Fire

In 1975, Americans' image of the FBI was much less positive than 10 years earlier, following revelations about FBI surveillance practices.

Comey Firing Nets More Negative Reaction Than 1993 FBI Firing

Nearly half of Americans (46%) oppose President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, while 39% approve. In contrast, more Americans approved than disapproved of President Bill Clinton firing his FBI director in 1993.

To Many Americans, News About Clinton Equals "Emails"

To a remarkable degree, Americans -- now and in the past -- think about "emails" when asked what they have heard or read about Hillary Clinton.

Americans' Perceptions of Local Crime Slightly Improved

Perceptions of local crime have improved modestly since last year, while perceptions of national crime are stable.

Perceptions of Clinton's Honesty Unchanged After FBI Letter

About one in three Americans view Hillary Clinton (32%) and Donald Trump (36%) as honest and trustworthy. These perceptions have been stable throughout the campaign.

Snapshot: Trump Approval Ties Weekly Low, at 35%

President Trump's weekly job approval edged down to 35% for the week ending Dec. 3, tying for the lowest weekly average of his tenure.

Americans Sour on IRS, Rate CDC and FBI Most Positively

Americans' views of the IRS have grown more negative since 2009 -- when Gallup last asked Americans to rate government agencies. Americans rate the IRS least positively of nine federal agencies, and the CDC and FBI most positively.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area Residents Most Likely to Feel Safe

Minneapolis-St. Paul area residents are the most likely to say they feel safe walking alone at night where they live, among those who reside in the 50 largest U.S. metro areas. Memphis area residents are the least likely to feel safe.

Gallup Vault: Fingerprinting U.S. Noncitizens

In 1939, shortly after the FBI prosecuted four German spies working in the U.S. -- in what it calls its "first major international spy case" -- 79% of Americans backed a proposal to fingerprint and register all noncitizens living in the U.S.
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