Half of Americans want Donald Trump to drop out of the race: According to a new poll, while the former president still has a big lead in the Republican primary contest, almost 50 percent of those asked would prefer Trump drop out of the presidential race.
Donald Trump Should Quit?
The new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows that while Former President Donald Trump maintains a huge lead in the Republican primary contest, he’s going to face huge problems if he reaches the general election.
According to the poll, half of Americans surveyed, a full 50 percent, said that they believe Trump should suspend his campaign, up from 49 percent when the question was asked at hte beginning of August, prior to the latest indictment in Georgia. Perhaps more troubling for Trump, 20 percent of Republicans believe he should end his bid to return to the presidency.
“All this is gonna continue to weigh him down,” Mike DuHaime, an adviser to Trump opponent Chris Christie, told ABC. “He’s been pretty skillful to this point, but I do think the weight will eventually get to him.”
The poll also showed that Donald Trump, while he got a bump among Republicans after his first indictment in New York, this has not been the case with his subsequent indictments.
And while Trump is still leading in the polls, one poll says his lead has been reduced. Per an Emerson College poll released Monday, 50 percent of GOP primary voters say they will support Trump, down from 56 percent in the previous poll. In between the polls, Trump was indicted a fourth time, while he skipped the first presidential debate in which all of the other candidates appeared.
“While Trump saw a slight dip in support, the question from this poll is whether this is a blip for Trump or if the other Republican candidates will be able to rally enough support to be competitive for the caucus and primary season,” Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling, said in the release of the poll.
“There appears to be a softening of support for Trump since last week’s survey, where 82% of Trump voters said they would definitely support him, compared to 71% after the debate. DeSantis’s support also softened from 32% who would definitely support to 25%, while Ramaswamy’s support remained consistent from 47% to 45%,” Kimball added.
The poll also found that more Republican voters, at 27 percent, believe Vivek Ramaswamy won the debate than any other candidate, while 21 percent picked DeSantis as the winner, 12 percent named Mike Pence, and 11 percent chose Nikki Haley.
Donald Trump Won’t Stop…
On Truth Social this week, Donald Trump attacked the prosecutor behind two of his indictments, Special Counsel Jack Smith, following a news report that a staffer for Smith had met at the White House with the White House Counsel’s office this spring.
“Deranged Jack Smith & his team of Thugs, who were caught going to the White House just prior to Indicting the 45th President of the United States (an absolute No No!), have been working on this Witch Hunt for almost 3 years, but decided to bring it smack in the middle of Crooked Joe Biden’s Political Opponent’s campaign against him,” Trump said on the social network. “Election Interference! Today a biased, Trump Hating Judge gave me only a two month extension, just what our corrupt government wanted, SUPER TUESDAY. I will APPEAL!”
That last line is a reference to the news Monday that a trial date has been set for March 2024 in the Washington, D.C., federal case in which Trump is accused of seeking to overturn the 2020 election. The government had requested a trial date in January, while Trump’s attorneys had pushed for one in 2026.
“These proposals are obviously very far apart,” U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said Monday, per NBC News. “Neither of them is acceptable.”
March 2024 has also been mentioned as a trial date for the New York case in which Donald Trump is charged with falsifying documents, although that is not set in stone. The other two cases do not yet have firm trial dates.
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