Most Americans do not want Donald Trump to stay in the 2024 race for president, per new polling done and released by an organization called Premise, which was dated August 21.
Told of Donald Trump’s now four criminal cases and asked whether they believe Trump should stay in the 2024 presidential race or “end his campaign to focus on these legal issues,” 58 percent said they believe Trump should drop out. That portion even included 23 percent of Republican respondents! Independents who said Trump should exit the race were at the same portion as the general pool of respondents.
Though many Americans, as shown by a continuing series of polls, consider Trump’s allegations of criminality to be serious, there’s less of a consensus on the consequences that observers can reasonably expect. In the Premise polling, only 28 percent thought it was either very or somewhat likely that Trump would eventually be jailed following his dozens and dozens of allegations of criminal activity. Those saying they didn’t know on that question reached 19 percent.
Trump remains the leader in the ongoing GOP presidential primary, though proceedings in his four criminal cases could impact his ability to hit the campaign trail. Alongside the looming criminal proceedings, he will be facing a fifth trial very soon on civil claims from New York state Attorney General Letitia James of an extensive pattern of deception at his family business around the valuations of assets — a dispute that though perhaps relegated to the rhetorical back-burner in the latest public conversation remains very much active.
The first debate in the GOP primary is on Wednesday, and though an extensive list of candidates qualified to appear onstage, none of them are regularly coming anywhere close to Trump in polling from the race. Some also remain curiously hesitant to directly confront him, though they’re ostensibly hoping to defeat Trump in the race for the party’s nomination. Trump continues to allege, as recently as Monday, that he’s the victim of so-called election interference because of the indictments emerging amid his campaign, but the underlying investigations in all four cases were established and publicly known before Trump made his expected confirmation he was again running for the presidency.