Following the recent legal troubles that former President Donald Trump is facing, many Republicans are shifting their allegiance elsewhere. According to a new ABC News and the Washington Post poll, Republican support for former president Trump has dropped by double digits.
The poll which was released on Sunday showed a large decline in the percentage of Republicans that are supporting President Trump. Currently, 47 percent of Republicans and conservative-leaning independent respondents said that they would support Trump for another presidential nomination in 2024. On the other hand, 46 percent were against the idea of Trump seeking reelection. This is a 20 percent decrease in support when compared to the number of people he had in his favor in 2020.
The poll also showed that in a hypothetical match between President Joe Biden and Donald Trump, Biden would win by 48 to 46. While this is not a big difference and they are in a way essentially tied, the results shifted in Trump’s favor when only registered voters were counted with a 48- to 46 result.
The poll surveyed 1,006 random individuals, out of which 908 were registered voters. The interviews took place in both English and Spanish.
Regarding Trump’s legal woes, 52 percent of responders said that they believed Trump should be charged for a crime in one of all of the federal cases that are against him. ABC News also pointed out that this is a similar level of support as the support for Trump being charged over the January 6 Capitol riot.
In August, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was searched by the FBI which seized and recovered close to a hundred documents of varying classification levels. These could lead to charges against Trump under the Espionage Act.