According to a Harvard/Harris survey, the majority of registered voters think that the indictment of former President Trump by special counsel Jack Smith was “politically driven” and election meddling.
The survey, which was done after Trump’s arrest, included a question about how people felt about the 37-count charge against him for allegedly taking secret materials to Mar-a-Lago at the conclusion of his administration.
This snapshot of papers taken during the Aug. 8 FBI raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida is from a court record the Department of Justice filed on Aug. 30, 2022, and has been partially censored by the FBI. The former President Trump’s Florida house was found to contain secret documents, and the Justice Department claims to have discovered attempts to hinder its investigation. Justice Department via AP.
With regard to the respondents who were registered voters, 55 percent think the indictment is “politically driven” while just 45 percent think it is “valid.”
In a similar vein, just 44% of participants believe that the indictment represents “the fair application of the law,” while 56% label it “interference by the Dept. of Justice in the 2024 elections.”
In addition, 57 percent of respondents think the 45th president is going to be exonerated of the allegations, the bulk of which are in line with the 1917 Espionage Act.
Voters were also questioned about Hillary Clinton’s email controversy and the matter involving President Biden’s records, which involves the discovery of secret documents from his tenure as vice president at his home and the Penn Biden Center in DC.
Most respondents (65%) think Biden “mishandled” secret information, compared to 72% who think Clinton did, with 69% thinking Clinton “obstructed justice” due to acid-washing her emails.
“Do you believe that indicting former presidents for removing sensitive information after departing office, something performed by Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, along with other high-ranking officials, is an equal application of law or biased prosecution?” the polling organization questioned.
A majority of respondents, 53%, believe that it is a “selective prosecution,” while just 47% believe that the law is being enforced equally.
Despite the fact that the majority of registered voters believe he will be exonerated, the majority of those polled believe the DOJ holds a “strong case” against Trump to varied degrees, as opposed to 42% who believe it is “weak.”
Additionally, while a majority of 44% believe he is “probably guilty” and should be found guilty, 30% believe he is “probably innocent,” and 26% believe he could possibly be guilty however the indictment shouldn’t have been implemented “because it is politically motivated and interferes with the upcoming 2024 election.”
The survey also reveals that Trump is leading the primary race and would defeat Biden in the general election by a margin of six points.
2,090 registered voters were included in the June 14–15 Harvard/Harris survey sample. There wasn’t a margin of error mentioned.