(TheConservativeTimes.org) – The vast majority of Republican voters believe that former President Donald Trump should still be able to serve as president for a second time if he is convicted of mishandling classified documents.
The former president was arrested Tuesday, June 13, and pleaded not guilty to 37 felony counts related to the mishandling of classified documents, which were part of a recent federal indictment from the Department of Justice.
According to a recent CBS News poll, 80% of GOP voters believe that Trump should be able to serve as president, even if he is convicted in court, while 20% believe he should not be able to serve.
Additionally, 76% of Republicans see the indictment as politically motivated. Trump also maintains that the federal indictment by the Department of Justice and the earlier indictment by New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg are political stunts meant to prevent him from running for president.
A small minority of voters, 12%, believe that Trump’s handling of the documents is a national security risk, and an additional 12% believe that Trump is liable for his handling of the files, but the indictment is nevertheless politically motivated.
A large majority, 61% of voters, said that their view of Trump has not changed since the indictment, while only 7% said it changed their view of the former president for the worse.
The poll also found that only 38% of would-be GOP primary voters believe that Trump’s handling of classified documents presents a national security risk, while 80% of the rest of the country believes it does.
This poll, however, does not appear to tell the whole story regarding approval ratings. The RealClearPolitics Trump vs. Biden general election average has both Trump and Biden neck and neck, with both candidates polling consistently within the margin of error.
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