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Donald Trump Has an Absurd Amount of Support From Republicans Who Believe He Committed “Serious Federal Crimes”: Poll

In a matchup with Ron DeSantis, voters who think Trump is a criminal still prefer him as president.
MENDON IL  JUNE 25 Donald Trump arrives to give remarks during a Save America Rally with former US President Donald...
MENDON, IL - JUNE 25: Donald Trump arrives to give remarks during a Save America Rally with former US President Donald Trump at the Adams County Fairgrounds on June 25, 2022 in Mendon, Illinois. Trump will be stumping for Rep. Mary Miller in an Illinois congressional primary and it will be Trump's first rally since the United States Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade on Friday. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

As you’ve probably heard by now, Ron DeSantis appears to have no chance whatsoever at winning the Republican nomination for president, thanks to the fact that he’s losing to the twice-impeached, twice-indicted Donald Trump by double-digit points. But in case you were wondering just how badly DeSantis has been faring, a New York Times/Siena College poll released on Monday put the situation in stark relief, with stats that would be extremely funny were we not talking about the prospect of reelection for a guy who incited a literal insurrection.

As the Times notes, basically anyway you look at it, Trump comes out ahead of DeSantis, in addition to every other GOP hopeful:

Mr. Trump held decisive advantages across almost every demographic group and region and in every ideological wing of the party, the survey found, as Republican voters waved away concerns about his escalating legal jeopardy. He led by wide margins among men and women, younger and older voters, moderates and conservatives, those who went to college and those who didn’t, and in cities, suburbs and rural areas.

The poll shows that some of Mr. DeSantis’s central campaign arguments—that he is more electable than Mr. Trump, and that he would govern more effectively—have so far failed to break through. Even Republicans motivated by the type of issues that have fueled Mr. DeSantis’s rise, such as fighting “radical woke ideology,” favored the former president. Overall, Mr. Trump led Mr. DeSantis 54 percent to 17 percent. No other candidate topped 3 percent support in the poll.

Among Republicans who described themselves as “very conservative”? Trump scored 65% of the vote to DeSantis’s 15%. Among those who care about fighting the “woke” left, i.e. DeSantis’s signature issue? Sixty-one percent backed Trump to DeSantis’s 36%. The candidate seen as having the ability to “get things done”? Trump: 67%, DeSantis: 22%. In one of the saddest results of the poll, 54% of voters said Trump was “fun” to DeSantis’s womp-womp 16%. Correction: This was the saddest poll result:

Mr. Trump’s grip on the Republican Party is so strong, the Times/Siena poll found, that in a head-to-head contest with Mr. DeSantis, Mr. Trump still received 22 percent among voters who believe he has committed serious federal crimes—a greater share than the 17 percent that Mr. DeSantis earned from the entire GOP electorate.

That’s right: Among the people who think Trump is a full-on criminal, DeSantis still loses.

Of course, should Trump actually be convicted of any of the crimes he’s been charged with and sentenced to years in prison, he’d have a difficult—but not impossible!—time winning and serving a second term. And speaking of charges, it appears that more may be in the offing in the near future. Per The Washington Post:

For more than two years, people [in Fulton County] and across the country have watched and waited for clues that the high-profile Georgia investigation into whether former president Donald Trump and his allies broke the law in their attempts to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state was winding to an end. That speculation hit fever pitch in recent days with the installation of orange security barriers near the main entrance of the Fulton County Courthouse in downtown Atlanta. It was the most visible sign yet of the looming charging decision in a case that has ensnared not only Trump but several high-profile Republicans who could either face charges or stand witness in a potential trial unlike anything seen before in this Southern metropolis.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis took the unusual step of publicly telegraphing that she plans to announce a charging decision in the Georgia case during the first three weeks of August, a period that opens Monday. “The work is accomplished,” Willis (D) told Atlanta’s WXIA-TV Saturday. “We’ve been working for two-and-a-half years. We’re ready to go.”

As the Post notes, “Willis has strongly hinted for months that she will seek multiple indictments in the case, using Georgia’s expansive anti-racketeering statutes that allow prosecutors not only to charge in-state wrongdoing but to use activities in other states to prove criminal intent in Georgia. In court filings, Willis has described her probe as an investigation of ‘multi-state, coordinated efforts to influence the results of the November 2020 elections in Georgia and elsewhere.’”

In addition to potential charges out of Georgia, Trump is likely to be indicted by special counsel Jack Smith in connection with the Justice Department’s investigation into his attempt to overturn the 2020 election, and the attack on the Capitol that followed. That’s on top of the charges Trump was already indicted with in June related to his handling of classified documents—which were expanded last week, as well as a criminal case brought in April by the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Meanwhile, if anyone was thinking an actual prison sentence would stop the former guy from running, think again. On Friday, in an interview with a conservative talk show host, Trump doubled down on his pledge to never drop out of the race, even if he’s behind bars.

On the other hand…

According to Ron DeSantis, the constant barrage of insults from Trump and others means he’s still a contender. “If you’re up by so much, you would not be worried about anybody else,” DeSantis told reporters on Sunday. “So the fact that I’m taking the incoming from all of these people, not just him, but a lot of the other candidates, a lot of media—that shows people know that I’m a threat.”

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