Public split over whether ex-president should drop out of White House race over indictment, survey shows
More than half of Americans believe former U.S. President Donald Trump should be pardoned if he is convicted and jailed for allegedly mishandling classified documents, a poll has shown.
Fifty-three percent of voters surveyed, including 80 percent of Republicans, said Trump should be pardoned “For national unity.”
Americans appeared to be split 51% to 49% on whether the former US president was indicted on 37 felony counts last week as a reason for him to drop out of next year’s race for the White House.
Meanwhile, 58 percent of those surveyed found the legal case against Trump to be strong. According to the study, 85 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of independents and 30 percent of Republicans hold that view.
The poll also shows that if the election were held now, Trump would defeat incumbent US President Joe Biden by a margin of 45% to 39%.
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“Americans are still divided 50-50 politically, but only about 100 percent are unhappy with the direction the country, the economy and its political leaders are headed,” Mark Payne, co-director of Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll, has said. “Despite the debt ceiling deal and the stock market recovering, Biden’s approval remains frozen; however, Trump’s approval ratings have not wavered after the unprecedented federal indictment.”
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