A majority of Americans believe former President Donald Trump should go to trial for his indictment related to the classified documents probe before both the Republican primaries and the general election in 2024, according to a Thursday poll.
Trump was indicted in early June over alleged mishandling of classified documents, and 57% of Americans think his trial date should precede the GOP primaries while 62% believe it should occur before the general, according to a Politico Magazine/Ipsos poll. Almost half of Republicans argue the former president should face the charges before the GOP primaries ramp up early next year, with 77% of Democrats and 47% of independence agreeing.
A plurality of Americans believe Trump should go to prison if convicted on any of the charges, according to the poll. For both indictments — the documents probe and the hush money case — a plurality of Republicans think the former president shouldn’t receive punishment if convicted in either, while the majority of Democrats favor imprisonment in both cases.
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Roughly half of Americans think Trump is guilty in both indictment cases, including 81% of Democrats, while few Republicans agree and a plurality of independents don’t know if the former president is guilty in either, according to the poll. The survey indicates that Trump’s two indictments have little effect on whether Americans will vote for him or not. (RELATED: Over 70% Of Americans Think Politics Played A Role In Trump Indictment: POLL)
The former president was indicted by a federal judge in Miami, Florida, for 37 counts, including alleged violation of the Espionage Act, relating to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s year-long investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents. Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on March 30 for allegedly falsifying business records when paying back former attorney Michael Cohen for giving porn star actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with the former president.
The Politico Magazine/Ipsos poll surveyed 1,005 Americans and was conducted between June 27 – June 28.
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