A new poll has found that a majority of Americans believe former President Donald Trump being indicted in relation to alleged hush money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels would either help or not hurt his 2024 presidential campaign.
The poll, conducted by the Trafalgar Group in partnership with Convention of States Action, found that a combined 74.3 percent of Americans believe that a potential indictment of Trump would either have no impact on his presidential campaign or help his second presidential run, at 37.5 and 36.8 percent, respectively.
One-quarter of Americans said that the indictment would hurt his campaign, at 25.7 percent.
Among Democrats, a slim majority said that the indictment would hurt his campaign, at 42.7 percent. 42.5 percent said that the indictment would have no effect.
The vast majority of Republicans, 56.2 percent, said that the indictment would help Trump’s campaign. 32.5 percent said that it wouldn’t affect his campaign, while just 11.3 percent said it would hurt the campaign.
Among independents, 38.9 percent said that the indictment would have no effect, 33.6 percent said that it would help his campaign, and 27.5 percent said it would hurt his campaign.
The poll was conducted between March 20 and 22 of 1081 likely general election voters, and has a margin of error of 2.9 percent.
"It’s obvious to the majority of Americans that former President Trump is being hounded by a politically-motivated witch hunt designed to discredit him in order to render him a permanent pariah in American politics," said Mark Meckler, President of Convention of States.
"This tactic has never worked, and these early numbers already reveal it’s going to backfire. Voters either think his indictment and arrest will either have absolutely no impact on his 2024 bid, or that it will even boost his campaign."
The release of the poll comes as the grand jury in Manhattan is expected to reconvene on Monday. The grand jury is investigating Trump’s alleged payment of $130,000 to Daniels on the eve of the 2016 election is what has been called a "hush money" payment. The anticipated charge is a misdemeanor falsification of records, which NYC DA Alvin Bragg has been intending to up to a felony.
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