Most Americans Say Trump Should Drop Out Over Looming Criminal Charges


In recently released polling from Harvard CAPS-Harris, a full 55 percent of overall respondents said they believe Donald Trump should drop out of the 2024 race for president in the event of another criminal indictment that this time relates to the events of January 6.

That portion includes 31 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of Democrats, 49 percent of those identified as independent or with another party affiliation, and 41 percent of those who said they hadn’t heard about the possibilities of indicting Trump in this context so were generally introduced to the subject while the polling was conducted. Among those who had already heard about it, 61 percent said an indictment for Trump over these acts should be followed by his withdrawal. The polling was done July 19 and 20 among a little over 2,000 registered voters around the country.

Trump has been formally notified by federal prosecutors that he is a target of their investigation into the political meddling after the last presidential election meant to keep Donald in power, meaning he can expect the possibility of criminal charges.

He is also widely believed to be facing possible charges in Georgia from Atlanta-area District Attorney Fani Willis, who a report from The Guardian recently claimed was building a racketeering case based in what happened in her state after that 2020 race. Acts that comprised the potentially allegeable racketeering included targeting witnesses and computer trespass. The latter allegation could cover what took place in Coffee County, when allies to Trump in communication with figures including Sidney Powell sought to copy data from local elections systems amid their mad dash for purported evidence of fraud.

And the issue of witness targeting connects to Trump having pressured the Georgia Secretary of State after the last presidential race to take action on the results. Trump, meanwhile, is likely politically — absent some debilitating development from among his criminal cases — to reach the general election next year, considering the currently substantial lead that he maintains in polls for the 2024 Republican primary.