Poll finds two-thirds of Americans think charges against Trump are politically motivated

 June 22, 2023

The White House may have cause for concern after a recent poll found nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the case against former President Donald Trump is politically motivated. 

According to The Hill, that survey was carried out by Quinnipiac University between June 16 and June 19--roughly a week after Trump was hit with 37 criminal charges related to his handling of classified documents.

Sixty-two percent seek indictment as a political agenda

It reported that 62 percent of respondents believe the Department of Justice being guided by political considerations rather than the law in its prosecution of Trump.

A breakdown of the results by party show that Republicans are most likely to hold this view, with 91% saying the charges are politically motivated.

Yet are not the only ones to think so, as the survey found that 65% of independent voters and even 28% of Democrats agree.

Hispanic and white voters most likely to see a political motive

A majority of all racial groups also see politics as being the primary factor, a position taken by 67% of Hispanics, 59% of whites, and 52% of blacks.

Yet despite most respondents seeing Trump's prosecution as being a political exercise, 51% still say that it should go ahead.

Tim Malloy is a an analyst for Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst, and he said the survey suggests that Americans have mixed feelings about the issue.

"From the seriousness of the indictment, to the possible national peril posed by exposure of classified documents, to the way Trump has responded, Americans think Trump comes up short and they want to know more from him. That said, a majority say it's all just politics," Malloy was quoted as saying.

Americans pessimistic about economy

Skepticism over the legitimacy of Trump's prosecution is not President Joe Biden's only concern, as the Quinnipiac University poll also showed unease over the state of the economy.

Whereas 43% rate the economy as being "poor" and another 31% as "not so good," only 24% regard it as being "good" or "excellent."

Among those who feel the economy is either "poor" or "not so good" are 76% of independent voters, 81% of Hispanics, and 82% of those between the ages of 18 and 35, all of which will be key demographics in next year's presidential election.

What's more, 52% of respondents say the economy is getting worse, a figure which jumps to 54% and 59% respectively when Hispanics and those aged 19 to 35 are asked.

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