Two-Thirds Of Voters Think Trump Tried Changing Election Outcome, Poll Finds

Topline

More than 65% of those who believe former President Donald Trump worked to overturn the 2020 presidential election think he should be prosecuted for his actions, which roughly half of all voters believe constituted criminal behavior, according to a new poll from Morning Consult taken days after the January 6 committee finished its fifth public hearing unveiling bombshell revelations about Trump’s behavior before and during the insurrection.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House on January … [+] 6, 2021.

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Key Facts

About two-thirds of voters think Trump tried to change the outcome of the election, with 88% of Democrats believing he did so, 68% of independents and 40% of Republicans, according to the poll, which surveyed roughly 2,000 voters from June 24 to June 26.

About 49% of all voters believe Trump committed a crime, the poll found.

Nearly 90% of Democrats and 60% of independents who think Trump worked to overturn the presidential outcome believe his behavior warrants criminal prosecution.

More than 55% of Republicans who think Trump attempted to overturn the results do not believe he committed a crime, however.

Tangent

Republican voters’ interactions with the January 6 panel may not be extensive: Only 15% of GOP voters said they had seen, read or heard “a lot” about the January 6 committee’s public hearings, according to the poll, though another recent survey from Morning Consult conducted from June 23 to 25 found roughly 40% of Republicans had read, heard or seen something “negative” about Trump in recent weeks, an increase from the 24% of GOP voters before the hearings began.

Key Background

The new poll was taken before Cassidy Hutchinson, a former senior aide to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, alleged Tuesday that Trump threw his lunch plate at the wall after he heard former Attorney General Bill Barr had declared there was no widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, and lunged at his head of security after the agent refused to take Trump to the Capitol on January 6. The revelations were a part of the January 6 committee’s sixth public hearing as the panel shifts focus to Trump’s behavior before, during and after the insurrection.

What To Watch For

Whether Trump faces charges for his role in the riots. Only the Justice Department—not Congress—has the ability to criminally charge Trump or his allies. Lawmakers have said the goal of the hearings is not to figure out whether Trump committed a crime, and committee members are split on whether to make a criminal referral to the Department of Justice.

Further Reading

Can Trump Be Charged As Result Of The Jan. 6 Committee Investigation? Here’s What To Know (Forbes)

Here Are The Biggest Bombshells Of Tuesday’s Jan. 6 Hearing—From Trump Attacking Security To Throwing A Plate At A Wall (Forbes)

Nearly Two-Thirds Of Americans Think Jan. 6 Attack Was Planned, Poll Suggests (Forbes)

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