Former president Donald Trump may face an uprising from some former supporters, according to a new report Friday from Arizona, a key state on the election battlefield.
Trump is currently the leading candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination as he seeks a second term in the White House, trailing the rest of the crowded field by a significant margin in the polls. At the same time, he is also faces four criminal charges, with a total of more than 90 criminal charges, an unprecedented circumstance for a former president. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges in the various indictments.
While national polls show that the charges have seemingly had little impact on his support among Republican voters, some signs are beginning to emerge that this support may not be as staunch as it seems. especially among independents. Speaking to 15 such voters in Arizona who previously supported Trump, Reuters found significant resistance to his continued push for the presidency. Independents, the outlet noted, are the largest voting bloc in the state of Grand Canyon and have had a major influence nationwide in recent elections.
“He is delusional,” Mark Clarkq, a 77-year-old Arizonan who voted for Trump in 2016, told Reuters. “He still says the 2020 election was fraudulent. In Georgia, he was definitely trying to win votes he didn’t have. That is an illegal process. Definitely me support the charges against Georgia. The justice system needs to step in and I don’t think he should be pardoned.”
Clarkq added that he will never support Trump again. Of the independents surveyed for the report, only one said they would vote for Trump in 2024, with the rest expressing similar disgust at his recent behavior.
“I’m glad he was charged,” said Susan Aitken, a 71-year-old who also voted for Trump in 2016. “He was talking about overturning the election before he lost. Anyone else would be in prison right now.”
News week contacted Trump’s office via email for comment.
In response to a Reuters investigation, a Trump spokesperson declined to comment on the comments, dismissing them as a petty and unscientific example. However, Reuters noted that a July poll conducted with Ipsos found that about 37 percent of independent voters were less likely to vote for Trump as a result of his criminal charges, while only 8 percent said they were more likely to support him.
A Morning Consult poll released earlier in August found that about one-fifth of Republican voters supported the charges against Trump. In a lake recent Politico and Ipsos pollabout a third of respondents across the political spectrum said a conviction on federal charges would make them less likely to support Trump in 2024, including about a third of respondents who identified as independents.
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