Poll: Most Americans See Trump Indictment As ‘Election Interference’

A new poll found majorities of Americans believe that former President Donald Trump will beat the federal charges against him and that the recent indictment was an example of interfering with the 2024 election.

A Harvard/Harris poll released this week found that an absolute majority of 55% believed that the charges against Trump were “politically motivated,” with only 45% disagreeing. 

Furthermore, a larger majority of 56% believe that the indictment was “interference by the Department of Justice in the 2024 elections,” as opposed to 44% who disagreed.

Perhaps the most compelling element of the poll found that 57% of the public believes that Trump will be acquitted of the charges.

In a potentially bad sign for the White House, 65% of the public believes that President Joe Biden mishandled classified documents. Such documents were found in multiple locations used by the president, including in the garage of his personal residence in Delaware. 

A further 72% believed that Hillary Clinton did so, with 69% stating that the former Secretary of State “obstructed justice.”

When pollsters were asked to compare the Biden and Clinton cases to the indictment of the former president, 53% called it “selective prosecution.”

The poll also found that the indictment had not hurt Trump in the polls. He currently holds a large lead over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). Trump gathered 59% in the survey, while DeSantis was favored by 14%.

Furthermore, Trump carried a six-point lead over Biden. Trump currently pulls 45% of projected voters, while Biden trails with 39%.

The same poll found that Trump led with independents and that he would also lead Vice President Kamala Harris in a potential matchup.

The recent Harvard/Harris results correspond to several post-indictment polls that show Trump in a strong position among Republican primary voters.

A Quinnipiac poll this week found that 53% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said that they would support Trump in the 2024 primary, as compared to 23% for DeSantis. No other candidate cleared 10%.