Americans' opinions concerning former President Donald Trump have remained stable through the summer, even though he faces multiple investigations, and he has continued to play a major role in the midterm election decisions, with 44% viewing him favorably and 53% unfavorably, the most recent New York Times/Siena College poll shows.
The poll was conducted earlier this month, after the news about the Justice Department's investigation of Trump and classified documents broke but before New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Wednesday that her state was suing Trump and his family business on claims of fraud, The New York Times reported Thursday.
Trump's support levels in the most recent poll, released on Sept. 16, changed little, if any, from a survey conducted in July while the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 incidents at the Capitol was showing televised hearings. Further, the levels of support for Trump have changed little from those in other New York Times/Siena polls and in other polls taken in recent years, the newspaper reported.
In other poll findings for the September poll:
- Views on Trump's fight against the election results from the 2020 race remained mostly unchanged, with 54% saying his actions threaten democracy and 38% saying he was exercising his rights.
- Trump's policy proposals remained popular, with half of the respondents favoring a border wall, including 15% who said they plan to vote for President Joe Biden's reelection in 2024.
- A majority agreed more with Republicans than Democrats on illegal immigration.
Meanwhile, Biden came out slightly ahead in the poll when it comes to a hypothetical rematch with Trump, with 45% for Biden and 42% for Trump.
Trump's level of support also remained about the same among Hispanic voters, especially young men.
In other results:
- 30% said they consistently hold pro-Trump views, and 39% said they hold views described as anti-Trump, and almost 30 had mixed opinions.
- 14% said they plan to support Trump in 2024, but thought his actions after the 2020 election threatened democracy.
The poll surveyed 1,399 registered voters nationwide, with an oversample of 522 Hispanic voters, from Sept. 6 to 14, 2022. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points for the full sample and 5.9 percentage points for self-reported Hispanic voters.
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