57% of voters say Trump investigation should continue, NBC News poll finds

Former US President Donald Trump raises his fist as he walks on a vehicle outside Trump Tower on August 10, 2022 in New York City.

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A clear majority of American voters believe the various investigations into alleged wrongdoing by former President Donald Trump should continue, according to a national NBC News poll conducted after the FBI. discovered Trump’s Florida home found “Top Secret” documents earlier this month.

The poll also shows a dissatisfied public, with three-quarters of voters saying the county is headed in the wrong direction, with a record 58% responding that America’s best years are behind it and 61% responding that they are going to protest. are ready for. Sign in for a day because they’re so upset.

And it paints a mixed picture of the 2022 midterm scenario, with President Joe Biden’s job rating in the low 40s and Republicans leading narrowly on congressional preference – but with Democrats leading Republicans on voter enthusiasm. and overtook the “threat to democracy”. Cost of living as the top voters’ issue facing the country.

“Politically, for Joe Biden and the Democrats, the news isn’t all bad,” said Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates, who conducted the poll with Republican pollster Bill McEnturf of Public Opinion Strategies.

“Looking towards Labor Day, political dynamics may get worse [for Democrats]But they also need to be much better and faster.”

GOP pollster, McInturff agrees that the environment has improved for Democrats since earlier this year. But he argues that key fundamentals – the president’s job ratings, the country’s direction – are crumbling against the party.

“America is singing the blues, and that’s bad news for the blue team in November,” McEnturf said.

The NBC News poll was conducted during and after a tumultuous period for Donald Trump on August 12-16 – when the FBI discovered Former President’s Florida Home, When Trump Attorney and Aide Rudy Giuliani revealed He is a “target” in the investigation into alleged election interference in Georgia, and as a former Trump business executive was guilty for tax fraud.

A member of the Secret Service is seen in front of former President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on August 9, 2022.

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According to the poll, 57% of registered voters say that investigations into alleged wrongdoings by Trump should continue, while 40% say they should stop.

By party, 92% of Democratic voters, 61% of independents, but only 21% of Republican voters think Trump’s investigation should continue.

While all voters prefer to continue the investigation, rather than hold on to 17 points, the odds of holding Trump responsible for the January 6 attack on the US Capitol are small.

A combined 50% of voters say Trump is solely or mainly responsible for January 6 — up 5 points since a May NBC News poll, before the House committee investigating the attack began several televised hearings.

This compares with a combined 49% saying Trump is only somewhat responsible or not responsible at all, which is down 6 points from May.

Biden’s job rating remains at a low of 40

A worker installs lights in an instrument panel at the Dakota Integrated Systems manufacturing facility on Thursday, May 5, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan.

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The election was also held after a strong pull for President Biden, which included Congress. death Bureau of Climate and Health Care Law and Labor Statistics Reporting 528,000 jobs were created last month.

But the poll did not show a significant improvement in the president’s position, with 42% of registered voters approved of Biden’s job and 55% disapproving.

In May, Biden’s job approval was 42% among registered voters and 39% among all adults.

The president enjoys his highest approval among Democrats (79%), black voters (68%), urban residents (50%) and women (47%), while Latinos (40%), men (36%), they are 18 -34 (36%), rural residents (21%) and Republicans (7%).

On issues, 40% approve of Biden’s handling of the economy (up 7 points among adults in May), and 39% give him a thumbs up on foreign policy (down 3 points among adults).

Looking at the November midterm elections, 47% of registered voters prefer Republicans to win control of Congress, while 45% want Democrats in charge.

In the May elections, the parties were tied on this question. 46%-46%.

Democrats bridge enthusiasm gap

Despite Biden’s approval rating and the GOP’s lead in Congressional preference (though within the margin of error in the election), an NBC News poll shows improvements for Democrats since earlier this year.

For one thing, Democrats have closed the enthusiasm gap.

According to the poll, 68% of Republicans express a high level of interest in the upcoming election — registering either a “9” or a “10” on a 10-point scale — compared to 66% for Democrats.

That 2-point GOP gain is down from 17 points in March and 8 points in May.

The poll surveyors attribute the increase in Democratic enthusiasm to June’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

“The Supreme Court’s decision has shocked voters,” said Democratic pollster Horwitt.

In fact, the survey found that 58% of voters disapprove of the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion, while 38% accept it.

And the survey shows that “threats to democracy” have overtaken “cost of living” as the most important issue facing the country, and that climate/health care legislation signed into law is more than unpopular. is popular (42% say it’s a good idea, while 31% say it’s a bad idea).

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But hovering all over the pole is a deep resentment of the American public.

Three-quarters of voters – 74% – say the country is headed in the wrong direction, representing the fifth-straight NBC News poll showing this number in the 70s.

Additionally, 58% believe America’s best days are behind it, which is the highest percentage on this question since 1990.

Another 68% of voters think the United States is currently in an economic downturn.

And six-in-10s — 61% — say they’re so upset about something that they’re willing to hold a protest sign all day.

When asked what his protest symbol would say, the top responses among Democratic voters are “women’s rights,” “equal rights,” “prosecute Trump” and “abortion rights.”

And the top reactions among Republican voters are “Impeach Biden,” “Protect Our Freedoms,” “Defense 2”Ra Amendment,” and “Stop Democrats.”

The NBC News poll was conducted August 12-16 out of 1,000 registered voters — with 750 accessed by cell phone — and has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.