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Majority of Americans think Trump investigations fair: Poll

Former US President Donald Trump is seen at a presidential rally at the Waco Regional Airport on March 25, 2023 in Waco, Texas.

A majority of Americans believe multiple criminal investigations into former President Donald Trump's conduct are fair, despite his efforts to describe them as "conspiracies."

A survey conducted by the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist said 56% of respondents think the investigations into Trump’s conduct are fair. Forty-one percent, however, consider the probes to be a “witch hunt.”

The results come as Trump has raised the specter of his potential arrest, due to a hush money investigation out of New York.

He is also engulfed in at least three other criminal investigations, including election interference, his handling of classified documents, and his involvement in the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.

Three-quarters of respondents say Trump has either done something illegal (46%) or unethical (29%). Only a quarter (23%) think he's done nothing wrong.

Trump himself has repeatedly described the probes as conspiracies against him. During his first presidential rally on Saturday, he described the investigations as the result of "prosecutorial misconduct.”

"Prosecutorial misconduct is their new tool," Trump said, “and they're willing to use it at levels never seen before in our country. We've had it, but we've never had it like this. We must stop them and we must not allow them to go through another election where they have yet another tool in their tool kit,”

Most Americans, however, don't agree with him.

The survey also found that 6 in 10 Americans don't want him to be president, although his 2024 campaign is well underway. He has indicated that he will continue campaigning even if he is charged with a crime.

For Republicans, however, it is a different story, with three-quarters of them saying they do want Trump to be president again, according to the poll.


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