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 who say they were “not serious at all” increased 4 points.
Meanwhile, half of those just surveyed say the former president 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.
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 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.
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