Republican support for former President Donald Trump remains strong following a federal indictment tied to allegations of handling classified documents, according to a recent poll.
The Marist poll found high agreement among Democrats that Trump should suspend his 2024 campaign. However, 83% of Republicans disagreed with the sentiment, while 76% of party members said they viewed the former president positively.
This is a significant increase from 68% in a February poll.
“Time will tell if this pattern holds, but for now, Republicans are grounded on where they stand on Trump regardless of these unfolding events,” said Lee Miringoff, the head of Marist’s polling operation.
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Furthermore, 64% of Republicans and independents that lean toward the party said that they would support Trump, a significant lead over 32% who disagreed.
The president also received positive fundraising news following the announcement of the charges.
The Trump campaign said that it raised almost $7 million in donations following the indictment. The former president held a fundraiser at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course this week, raising more than $2 million.
Trump was joined at the event by Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL).
The former president criticized the indictment led by special counsel Jack Smith.
“Today we witnessed the most evil and heinous abuse of power in the history of our country,” he said, following his arraignment at a Miami federal court.
Trump said that if he was elected in 2024, he would appoint a special counsel to investigate President Joe Biden and his family.
He promised to “appoint a real special prosecutor to go after the most corrupt president in the history of the United States of America, Joe Biden, and the entire Biden crime family.”
The former president said that his successor “will forever be remembered as not only the most corrupt president in the history of our country but, perhaps even more importantly, as the president who, together with a band of his closest thugs, misfits and Marxists, tried to destroy American democracy.”
Trump described the indictment as an example of election interference.