Despite facing legal challenges, former President Donald Trump maintains a strong lead in early polls as a presidential candidate.
According to recent polling, voters have rallied around Trump, even in the face of multiple indictments.
The survey, conducted from August 16 to 18 with 2,061 participants, provides insights into public sentiment regarding Trump, the political system, and the upcoming presidential election.
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Key findings from the poll include:
- Negative Views on America: 70% of respondents believe things in America are going “somewhat badly” or “very badly.”
- Election Legitimacy: Among GOP voters, 71% do not consider Joe Biden the “legitimate” winner of the 2020 election.
- Perceptions of the U.S. Political System: 64% describe the U.S. political system as “dysfunctional,” and 58% see it as “corrupt.”
- Trump’s Popularity: Despite four indictments against Trump, 62% of likely Republican primary voters plan to support him, while 16% support Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
- Views on Indictments: 38% believe the indictments against Trump are “politically motivated,” while 37% think Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election.
- Trust in Trump: Among Trump supporters, 71% believe what Trump tells them is “generally true,” ranking higher than trust in family, friends, media figures, and religious leaders.
- Reasons for Supporting Trump: Supporters cite reasons such as the belief that things were better under Trump (99%), he fights for people like them (95%), and they know him better than other candidates (76%).
- Trump’s Debate Participation: Despite Trump’s decision to skip the first GOP presidential primary debate, 73% of Republican voters believe he should participate.
- Primary Debate Focus: 91% of likely Republican primary voters believe candidates should focus on making their own case rather than highlighting Trump’s shortcomings.
- Key Issues for Republican Voters: Top issues for likely Republican primary voters include lower inflation (86%), reducing violent crime (83%), stopping illegal immigration (81%), cutting federal spending (74%), standing up to China (73%), stopping “woke” ideas in schools (71%), and lowering taxes (67%).
- Electoral Prospects: Likely Republican primary voters see Trump as having a 91% chance of defeating Biden in the 2024 election, compared to DeSantis at 82%.
- Preference for Trump-like Candidates: If Trump is not the candidate, 72% of likely Republican primary voters prefer a candidate very similar or somewhat similar to Trump.
The poll provides insights into the current political landscape, indicating strong support for Trump among Republican voters and highlighting their concerns and priorities as the 2024 election approaches.
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