Half of Americans Agree with Trump’s Guilty Verdict, Suggest Ending His Campaign

By: Georgia | Published: Jun 03, 2024

Nearly half of the Americans surveyed believe that former President Donald Trump’s guilty verdict was warranted, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll. 

People also think he should wave goodbye to his 2024 presidential dreams, as 49% of them suggest he should toss in the towel.

A Nation Divided on Political Motivations

The poll reveals a country split down the middle; 47% of Americans see Trump’s charges as politically driven. 

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However, a slight majority, 51%, believe Trump knowingly broke the law, showing a sharp division on perceptions of the former president’s actions.

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Trump's Favorability Stays the Course

Despite the groundbreaking conviction, Trump’s favorability remains steady at 31%

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His steadfast support illustrates the loyalty of his followers, unaffected by his legal entanglements.

Trump's Defiance in the Face of Conviction

Post-verdict, Trump didn’t mince words, labeling the prosecutors as “bad people” and vowing to fight back with an appeal. 

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His assertiveness remains unshaken, embodying his usual combative style against what he perceives as unjust treatment.

Public Opinion Split on Trial's Legitimacy

Views on the legitimacy of Trump’s hush money trial are starkly partisan. 

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While 83% of Democrats affirm the verdict’s correctness, only 16% of Republicans agree, illustrating the deep political divide in the U.S.

Independents Lean Towards Guilt

Among independent voters and those who dislike both major candidates, a majority believe the verdict was just

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Their outlook could play a crucial role in the upcoming election, given their significant sway in the political landscape.

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Is the Campaign Over? Nearly Half Say Yes

Echoing a sentiment from earlier polls, 49% of Americans now say Trump should end his presidential campaign. 

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This consistency suggests a solidified public opinion following the high-profile legal battles.

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Biden's Favorability Unmoved by Proceedings

Interestingly, President Biden’s favorability hasn’t budged either, remaining low at 32%

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It seems the trial has done little to shift public perception of either political figure, with both parties retaining their base support.

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Trump Condemns Trial Officials

In a fiery response to the verdict, Trump accused the judge, jury, and district attorney of bias. 

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His attacks didn’t stop at the legal system; he even claimed, without proof, that Biden was orchestrating his downfall.

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Trump's Warning: "They Can Do This to Anyone"

Trump’s dramatic response to the guilty verdict emphasized his view of being a victim of a broader conspiracy. 

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His rhetoric at a Trump Tower press conference highlighted his belief that his prosecution could set a dangerous precedent for others.

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Biden Affirms Rule of Law

In contrast, President Biden responded to Trump’s allegations by reinforcing the strength of the legal system. 

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He stressed that the rule of law was upheld and criticized Trump’s claims as potentially harmful to democratic norms.

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Election Implications

With both major candidates facing low favorability, the election might hinge on independent voters, especially those who are disillusioned with both Trump and Biden. 

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Their influence is expected to be pivotal as the race progresses.

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