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74% of Republican voters believe Trump 'has not committed serious federal crimes': NYT/Siena poll

When asked whether Trump "did something wrong in his handling of classified documents," 57 percent of Republicans said he had not.

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A recent New York Times/Siena poll found that nearly three-quarters of Republican voters believe Donald Trump "has not committed serious federal crimes."

Data was collected between July 23 and 27, when the former president had only been indicted over charges of falsification of business documents in relation to alleged payments made to his lawyer that went to a porn star and his treatment of classified documents. Since then, he has been hit with a slew of charges in both Washington, DC and Georgia in connection with alleged attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

According to the poll, 74 percent of GOP voters said they did not think Trump had committed any serious federal crimes. In contrast, 86 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of independents said the former president had done so.

When asked whether Trump "did something wrong in his handling of classified documents," 57 percent of Republicans said he had not.

Women and younger voters regardless of party affiliation were more likely to believe that Trump had committed serious crimes, with 56 percent of females and 72 percent of those in the 18-29 age cohort saying as much. 

Education also played a role in how likely a respondent was to view Trump's indictments as "serious," with 66 percent of those with a college degree agreeing with that statement. 

The two indictments filed against Trump since July 27 both center around the 2020 election. In the poll, respondents were asked what they thought about his actions following his loss to Joe Biden.

Nearly three-quarters of Republicans said the former president was "just exercising his right to contest the election," while 88 percent of Democrats suggested he "went so far he threatened American democracy."

The demographic breakdown was similar to that of previous questions, with women, young people, and those with a college education more likely to agree that Trump had acted in ways that were beyond acceptable.

The poll was conducted via phone among 1,329 registered voters nationwide, including 818 registered Republican voters . The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.96 percent.
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