A new poll finds that American voters give the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) higher marks under President Donald Trump than under Barack Obama. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters rate the CIA’s performance of its overall mission as good or excellent, up from just 39% four years ago.
Just nine percent (9%) rate the agency’s performance poorly.
The perceived improvement from the agency Mr. Obama and former director John Brennan left behind is across the board. Even 35% rate the agency’s performance as good, while another 17% rate it as excellent. Forty-six percent (46%) and 13% of Republicans agree, respectively, as do 39% and 10% of unaffiliated voters.
Worth noting, black voters rate the agency’s performance more positively than white and other minority voters, as 60% rate the performance as either good (46%) or excellent (14%).
President Trump recently announced CIA Director Mike Pompeo would take over for Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, leaving behind an agency most voters are impressed with. In early 2017, 58% rated the general performance of U.S. intelligence agencies like the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA) positively.
The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 13-14, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. See methodology.