Poll shows 50% of Americans believe Trump’s guilty verdict is justified and should end his campaign

According to a recent poll conducted by ABC News/Ipsos, 50% of Americans believe that the guilty verdict on all 34 counts in former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial was the right decision. Additionally, nearly half of the respondents, 49%, think that Trump should terminate his 2024 presidential campaign in light of the outcome.

According to the latest ABC News/Ipsos poll conducted using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel, Trump’s favorability has remained stable at 31% following the historic criminal trial that ended this week with the first-ever conviction of a former president. On Thursday, Trump was found guilty of 34 counts in his trial related to falsifying business records regarding a payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election to keep her quiet about their alleged affair.

The former president, expressing his determination, has announced his intention to appeal, firmly asserting that he has been targeted by individuals with ill intentions who have brought forth this case and its charges against him.

According to a recent survey, 47% of Americans believe that the charges against Trump in this case were politically motivated, while 38% disagree with this view. Interestingly, a slight majority of 51% think that Trump intentionally committed an illegal act in this case. On the other hand, 12% believe that Trump did something wrong but not intentionally, and 19% are of the opinion that he did not do anything wrong.

According to a recent poll conducted by ABC News/Ipsos, nearly half of Americans (49%) believe that Trump should end his presidential campaign following the verdict. This percentage is consistent with the findings of a previous poll conducted in April 2023, shortly after the indictment was handed down by the Manhattan grand jury. In that poll, 48% of respondents expressed the opinion that Trump should suspend his campaign due to the indictment.

According to the latest ABC News/Ipsos poll, Biden’s favorability rating remains unchanged and continues to be low. Currently, his favorability rating stands at 32%, which is the same as the rating from a previous poll conducted in March 2024. The public’s response to Trump’s guilty verdict is divided along partisan lines. For instance, 83% of Democrats believe that the verdict was correct and 79% of them think he should end his campaign as a result. On the other hand, only 16% of Republicans agree with the verdict, and the same percentage believes that he should withdraw from the presidential race.

The outcome of the election may hinge on independent voters, particularly those who have an unfavorable view of both Biden and Trump, often known as double-haters.

A majority of Independents believe that Trump’s verdict was correct, with 52% sharing this view. Similarly, an equal number of Independents think that Trump should end his candidacy. The sentiment is even stronger among double-haters, as 65% of Americans who hold unfavorable views of both Trump and Biden believe that the verdict this week was correct. Moreover, 67% of these individuals also believe that Trump should put an end to his presidential campaign.

According to the survey, a significant number of Independents (45%) and double-haters (51%) believe that the hush-money trial was driven by political motives. This sentiment is shared by a majority of Republicans (83%) but is only held by a small portion of Democrats (20%).

During the New York trial, Trump has been consistently targeting the district attorney, the judge, and the jury, alleging that they hold unfair political biases against him. Moreover, he has unfoundedly accused President Biden of orchestrating the prosecution.

During a press conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump voiced his concern, stating, “If they can do this to me, they can do this to anyone. These are bad people. These are, in many cases, I believe, sick people.” Biden, in response, emphasized the importance of the rule of law and deemed any statements questioning the legitimacy of the process as “dangerous.” He further asserted that the process had reaffirmed the rule of law.

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