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Election 2024: Has NYC Trial Hurt Trump?

Most voters don’t see the current trial of former President Donald Trump in New York City as a deal-breaker in terms of voting for him in November.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 26% of Likely U.S. Voters say that, in terms of this year’s presidential election, the New York trial made them less likely to vote for Trump, but 32% say it has made them more likely to vote for Trump. Forty percent (40%) say the trial has not made much difference in how they will vote in the presidential election. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Judge Juan Merchan ruled Tuesday that Trump violated a gag order during his trial, holding him in criminal contempt and threatening him with jail time for any further infractions. Fifty percent (50%) of voters still view Trump favorably, including 30% with a Very Favorable impression. Forty-seven percent (47%) view Trump unfavorably, including 37% with a Very Unfavorable opinion of the former president.

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