A majority of Americans do not want to see former President Donald Trump reelected to the White House as he faces a possible indictment in Manhattan, according to a new poll.
The Marist poll, released on Monday, found that nearly 61% of adults do not want Trump, 76, to become president again, compared to 38% who said they do want four more years of Trump.
The poll was conducted from March 20-23, during a week when many, including the 76-year-old former president himself, expected charges to be brought against Trump by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg related to a $130,000 “hush money” payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
The survey showed that a majority of adults, 56%, think the slew of criminal investigations into Trump – which include Bragg’s case as well as an election interference probe in Georgia, and federal investigations into his handling of classified documents and his involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol Building – are “fair,” while 41% believe they are a “witch hunt,” as the former president is prone to deride them as.
Forty-six percent think Trump did something illegal, 29% think he did something unethical but not illegal, and 23% say he did nothing wrong, the poll found.
The vast majority of registered Democrats surveyed, 89%, and most independents, 64%, were averse to Trump being president again.
In contrast, 76% of registered Republicans said they want Trump to be elected again in 2024.
Eighty-one percent of past Trump voters also said they still back the 45th president in 2024, despite his possible indictment.
The Marist poll highlighted that Trump received a tepid response from white Evangelical Christians, 41% of whom are against Trump in 2024.
And only 39% of Americans, down from 42% in November of 2022, have a favorable opinion of Trump, with 51% having an unfavorable view of the former commander-in-chief.
The poll surveyed 1,327 adults, 1,226 of whom are registered voters, and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.