Americans are growing even more divided over whether the charges against Donald Trump are anything serious, according to a new ABC poll.
The new survey, released Sunday, shows that when compared to a poll last week, the percentage of people who believe the charges against Trump are “very serious” jumped 6 points, while the number that says they were “not serious at all” increased 4 points.
Meanwhile, half of those just surveyed say former President Trump deserves to be indicted in the Stormy Daniels hush-money case, while 33% said he should not have been charged.
Still, about 47% of Americans also believe that the charges against Trump are politically motivated, while 32% disagree, the ABC News/Ipsos Poll found.
The survey of 566 adults — conducted April 6 and 7 after Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced Trump’s indictment — found that the number of respondents who believe Trump should be charged jumped 5 percentage points, to 50%, from the week before.
More adults shifted from the undecided column to against Trump, while the number who oppose the indictment increased a single percentage point.
About 52% of Americans queried said the charges against Trump are serious or very serious, while 40% disagreed.
Asked if Trump “intentionally did something illegal”, 57% said yes, while another 11% of respondents said he acted wrongly but not intentionally. Only 20% said he did not do anything wrong, with the remaining 17% undecided.
The results are polarized by political affiliation, with Democrats believing Trump is a crook, while Republicans say he is being unfairly persecuted.
The big problem for Trump and Republicans is that the self-identified independents — a key swing voting bloc in general elections — are currently more anti-Trump than pro-Trump.
For example, a majority of self-identified independent voters — 54% — said Trump deserved to be charged with a crime and 57% of indies said the former president intentionally did something illegal.
The survey found that President Joe Biden is unpopular, with just 34% of Americans viewing him favorably and 48% unfavorably. But Trump is even more unpopular — with 25% viewing him favorably and 61% unfavorably.
The online ABC News/Ipsos Poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
Trump last week pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts for his alleged participation in a hush-money scheme to silence porn actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election — making him the first current or former president to face criminal charges.
A recent survey of Republicans taken after the indictment showed Trump as the clear favorite to win the GOP nomination for the White House in 2024 despite his legal woes — leading potential rival Gov. Ron DeSantis 57% to 31% in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup.
ABC shovels lies ongoing lies. Never speaks of truth snd shows biden stills. Trump they repeat lie after lie.
Never believe any of their polls. If they sound good to us there way worst!
Cohen was already found guilty over this scam, and also a proven purgerist. The NDA the whore signed freely was not illegal at all, and in fact Stormy Daniels is the one who is in breech of contract, which is why she has to pay Trump’s legal fees and damages. But let’s stick to the pertinent facts surrounding this entirely illegal witch hunt. The statute of limitations for said infractions is 5 years, and at most a misdemeanor per NY state law, NOT a felony. the statute of limitations ran out in 2021, and the blatantly malicious and corrupt legal system in NY has no legal right or power to upgrade misdemeanors to felonies, nor any right to charge anyone with any crimes/misdemeanors 1 day after the statute of limitations has expired. Once again it is the accusers, not their victims, who are blatantly breaking the law to try and make it to where the people’s choice cannot run again. I pray for the day these evilly corrupt, demonically possessed elites, and their cronies pay for their REAL Crimes…I hope we are all alive to witness it!!!