Most Americans think the quartet of criminal charges against Donald Trump are valid, a bombshell new poll suggests.
Polling of 1,000 likely voters shows only a third (33 percent) believe the former president should be immune from prosecution.
More than half (57 percent) think the charges should proceed, and most think he’s “probably” or “definitely” guilty in every case.
This comes days after his lawyers told a federal appeals panel that he should be granted “absolute immunity” in his federal election interference case because he was acting within the bounds of his role as president.
Trump is facing three other prosecutions for paying off porn star Stormy Daniels, mishandling classified documents and interfering in Georgia’s elections. He’s also facing a civil suit in New York related to the Trump Organization.
The poll of likely voters was conducted by pollster James Johnson of J.L. Partners.
As expected, responses were divided among party lines. More Republicans said Trump should be given immunity (57 percent), while the overwhelming majority of Democrats (81 percent) don’t think he should.
This is in keeping with earlier polls.
A survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research in August found that 53 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s federal election interference charges. The support broke down to 85 percent of Democrats and 16 percent of Republicans.
Though most Americans seem to think the charges are valid, Trump’s standing among voters is better than ever.
Trump now has a four-point lead over Joe Biden, according to the J.L. Partners poll.
“But this could all shift with a conviction,” Johnson told the Daily Mail, which sponsored the poll. “However egregious such a moment might feel to many voters, if Trump is actually a felon come the election or – worse – behind bars, that is going to put a significant number of people in the middle of the political spectrum off.
“A life-long Republican from a recent New Hampshire focus group sums it up: how can you be president from jail? It is that devastatingly simple view that will have more sway with voters than any indignation about the judicial process.”