What Voters Really Think About Trump’s Guilty Verdict

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(PartiallyPolitics.com) – According to an ABC News/Ipsos poll released on Sunday, half of Americans think former President Donald Trump should end his Presidential campaign and consider the guilty verdict in his hush money trial as “correct.” 

On Thursday, a 12-person jury of New Yorkers found Trump guilty on 34 counts related to falsifying business records — a historical verdict that made Trump the first-ever former President to be convicted of a crime. Trump will be appealing the ruling. 

However, since Thursday’s verdict, the poll revealed that 50 percent of participants believed the 12-person jury reached the correct conclusion with their guilty verdict; 49 percent said the events meant Trump should immediately drop out of the 2024 Presidential race. 

But Thursday’s verdict hasn’t had any effect on Trump’s favorability compared to previous editions of the poll. 

Roughly 31 percent of participants hold a favorable view of the former President — the same figure before and after the guilty verdict. 

However, the poll revealed how divisive the trial was.  Forty-seven percent of participants agreed with the former President that the charges were politically motivated. Fifty-one percent of participants believed the former President had intentionally done something wrong, while 12 percent believed he did something wrong unintentionally. 

Whether participants agreed with the guilty verdict fell primarily along party lines — 18 percent of Republicans agreed with the jury’s guilty verdict, and 83 percent of Democrats agreed with the verdict. Independents were almost split down the center — 52 percent agreed with the verdict. 

According to Sunday’s poll, President Joe Biden remains overwhelmingly unpopular. The President’s approval rating has decreased by 1 point in one month to 32 percent, nearly identical to Trump’s.

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