Why Republicans May Not Vote For Trump

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(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – On Thursday a new Reuters/Ipsos survey found that around 45 percent of Republicans stated that if Trump is convicted, they would not vote in his favor, while 35 percent said they would continue to support Trump regardless. Finally, 20 percent argued that if Trump was convicted, they would not know what their vote was going to be.

On Tuesday, Trump was indicted for the third time this year relating to an investigation by Special Counsel Jack Smith into his attempts to remain in the White House after losing the presidential election in 2020. During his arraignment, he pleaded not guilty to four charges, which included conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and three other charges.

Trump was first indicted by a New York court on 34 felony counts of falsifying documents in connection to a hush money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 presidential election. In June, he was also federally indicted over his alleged mishandling of classified documents following his exit from the White House in 2021.

The poll found that 53 percent of Republican respondents believe that Trump’s behavior on Jan. 6, 2021, had been appropriate, while 52 percent also stated that it was appropriate for him to repeatedly claim that the presidential election had been stolen from him through widespread fraud. Sixty-one percent of respondents also argued that Trump was not criminally liable for the Capitol attack despite his poor judgment on January 6th.

Finally, around 75 percent of Republicans think that the charges against the former President are politically motivated. This, in part, stems from the fact that Trump is currently leading the 2024 Republican presidential race and has the support of 47 percent of Republicans who responded to this poll.

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