According to a recent CNN poll, a significant portion of the American public wants a verdict on the federal charges against former President Donald Trump related to the 2020 election subversion before the next presidential election. This desire reflects deep concerns about the implications of these charges on the political landscape and the upcoming election.
Nearly half of the respondents, 48%, consider it crucial to have a verdict before the 2024 election, with another 16% expressing a preference for this timeline. Only a small fraction, 11%, suggest postponing the trial until after the election, highlighting a widespread eagerness for resolution. The poll indicates a clear political divide, with a majority of Democrats and independents emphasizing the importance of a pre-election verdict, in contrast to Republicans who are more divided on the issue.
Trump faces multiple criminal indictments, including charges for allegedly trying to overturn the 2020 election results. The complexity of the legal situation is compounded by potential appeals to the Supreme Court, where trust among Americans is mixed. Only 42% have a moderate to high trust in the Supreme Court handling election-related cases, showing skepticism about the judicial system’s impartiality.
Public opinion on Trump’s post-2020 election actions and his potential behavior if he wins or loses the upcoming election reveals deep-seated divisions. Most Americans anticipate that Trump would refuse to concede if he loses and may pardon himself for federal crimes if he wins, reflecting concerns over his respect for democratic norms.