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A new poll released on April 3rd found that three-quarters of Americans believe the indictment of former President Donald Trump is politically motivated, yet a majority still approve of the decision.
The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center, found that 76% of respondents believe the criminal charges against Trump are politically motivated. However, a majority of those surveyed – 60% – approve of the indictment.
For those who believe the indictment is politically motivated, the reasons vary widely. Nearly a quarter (24%) said it was due to Trump’s “divisive rhetoric,” while 20% said it was because of his “controversial policies.” Others said it was due to his “illegal actions” (14%) or “criticisms of the government” (9%).
But despite the political nature of the indictment, most Americans still believe it was the right decision. Of those surveyed, 67% said they approved of the decision to indict Trump, while 33% said they disapproved.
The poll also found that most Americans believe Trump should be held accountable for his actions. Nearly two-thirds (64%) said they believe Trump should be held accountable for his actions, while 36% said he should not.
The poll comes as Trump faces a criminal trial in New York for alleged financial crimes related to his business dealings. The trial is expected to begin in the coming weeks.
The survey of 1,009 adults was conducted from March 29-April 1 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points.