Poll: Most Americans Think Trump Indictments Are Effort to Derail Campaign

Most Americans, including three in ten Democrats, think the trio of indictments against former President Donald Trump are “an attempt to stop” his 2024 presidential campaign, according to a CBS/YouGov poll.

The poll released Sunday asked respondents about how they perceive the indictments and investigations against Trump. When asked if they feel it is “an attempt to stop Trump’s 2024 campaign,” 59 percent of the respondents said “yes,” while 41 percent said “no.”

Former President and 2024 presidential hopeful Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he leaves after speaking at a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, on July 29, 2023. (JOED VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)

A deeper look shows that 31 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of independents believe the indictments and investigations against Trump are an effort to hinder his campaign, and 86 percent of Republicans feel the same way.

However, majorities of the respondents also believe the investigations are “upholding the rule of law” (57 percent) and “defending democracy” (52 percent). Conversely, 43 percent do not think the investigations and indictments are maintaining the rule of law, and 48 percent do not believe they defend democracy, including 3 in 4 Republicans.

Over a third of respondents perceive the indictments to be “an attack on people like [them].” This includes 56 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Trump 2020 voters.

The poll also asked respondents which concerns them more: “That Donald Trump tried to overturn a presidential election” or, “That the charges and indictment against Donald Trump are politically motivated.”

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