Large Share Of Georgians Say Criminal Charges Against Trump Are ‘Serious’

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Though among the most vocal defenders of former President Donald Trump is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), many individuals in her state are not with her, a new poll finds.

The survey, from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, showed nearly half of state respondents identifying the charges from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis against Trump as “serious.” A full 26.7 percent said “very serious,” while 22.5 percent said “somewhat serious.” A full 60 percent of independents also identified the charges in the Fulton County case — and apparently the federal charges covering similar ground — as in one of those two categories of gravity. Georgia handles party registration differently than many states, and the general sample for this polling — evidently even including independents and Democrats — was identified as featuring likely voters in the upcoming GOP primaries.

Trump is still leading in the state among these respondents in the race for the GOP presidential nomination for 2024, though. He had 56.5 percent of the support in this survey, far surpassing neighboring Florida’s GOP Governor Ron DeSantis, who had 14.6 percent. Nobody else hit double digits.

Trump’s large number of charges could impact his chances in the general election even if he successfully wins the primary, as many Americans from the general population have consistently expressed opposition to him — and general support for his dozens and dozens of charges — in polls. An average of under 40 percent of Americans say they have a favorable view of the former president and continued presidential candidate, FiveThirtyEight’s average of such polling showed on Wednesday evening. In surveys for the general election, Trump and Biden are generally close. Trump is not generally leading, as he claims.

Republicans are pursuing paths that could effectively shield Trump. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the current chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has sought a broad array of documents including potential communications related to the investigation’s subjects with various federal personnel.