Just over half of registered voters believe the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s search of Donald Trump’s Florida home was appropriate in an attempt to determine whether the former president wrongfully possessed classified information, according to a Wall Street Journal poll. .
The survey also highlights the deep partisan divide over the search for Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, as well as how the August 8 FBI operation made Republicans more motivated to vote. in the November midterm elections.
Given a choice between two statements, a 52% majority agreed that the FBI’s action “is part of a lawful and proper investigation to determine whether former President Trump was involved in wrongdoing,” while 41 % saw her as “just another example of the endless witch hunt and harassment that Democrats and the Biden administration continue to pursue against former President Trump.”
Four in five Republican voters agreed with the statement suggesting the search was part of a ‘witch hunt’ – a phrase Mr Trump often uses himself – while around a third of independents agreed. opinion and 5% of Democrats.
The proportion of Republicans supporting Mr. Trump’s view on research is consistent with the level of enduring support he has enjoyed within the party since his presidential nomination in 2016, regardless of the circumstances. The survey found that 39% of voters overall had a favorable opinion of Mr Trump.
For all voters, 51% said the research would have no impact on their likelihood of voting midterm. But among Republicans, 64% said it would make them more likely to vote.
While the poll suggests the research has stoked excitement among Mr. Trump’s core supporters, the Justice Department investigation has also kept the former president in the forefront of the news, meaning that it sometimes overshadows GOP efforts to focus the midterm campaign on a struggling economy and high inflation.
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In an escalation of its allegations, the Justice Department said in a court filing on Tuesday that “efforts were likely made to impede the government’s investigation” and its recovery of the documents. On his social media platform on Wednesday, Mr Trump again criticized the raid and cited it as a reason to “drain the swamp” in Washington.
Earlier this week, Mr. Trump hired one of Florida’s top attorneys to lead his defense in the Justice Department investigation. Chris Kise, the former state solicitor general, was retained after a number of other attorneys refused to work on the case.
Mr. Trump has also filed a lawsuit seeking the appointment of a special master to review documents seized by the FBI. If approved, a third party, such as a retired judge, would review the evidence to decide whether it is protected by solicitor-client privilege or similar legal doctrines.
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The Wall Street Journal poll of 1,313 registered voters was conducted Aug. 17-25 by Impact Research and Fabrizio, Lee & Associates and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points. Half of the interviews were conducted on mobile phones, with the rest split evenly between landlines and text messages along with an online survey.
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