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1 in 3 Americans think Trump acted illegally in hush money case

Out of the four criminal cases in which Trump is involved, the New York hush money case seems to be the least convincing, based on a new poll.
Former president Donald Trump, left, gestures while visiting a bodega.
Posted at 11:58 AM, Apr 17, 2024

A new poll released by the Associated Press and NORC at the University of Chicago indicates that more than 1 in 3 Americans believe former President Donald Trump acted illegally amid allegations that he falsified business records to cover up a relationship with a woman who said he had an affair with her.

According to the poll, 35% said he acted illegally, while an additional 31% said he acted immorally but not illegally. The poll found that 14% of Americans think he did nothing wrong. 

The results showed a strong partisan divide. Among Democrats, 62% believe he acted illegally, while just 6% of Republicans think he did. Just 2% of Democrats think Trump did nothing wrong, while 28% of Republicans agreed. 

Out of the four criminal cases Trump is involved in, the New York hush money case seems to be the least convincing, based on the AP-NORC's poll. 

First 7 jurors selected in Trump's hush money trial
Donald Trump

First 7 jurors selected in Trump's hush money trial

Besides all living in New York, the jurors selected so far are men and women of varying ages and from varying backgrounds.


In the case involving classified documents being found in Trump's Florida residence, 47% believe Trump acted illegally. The same percentage of Americans also believe Trump acted illegally in his alleged attempt to overturn the election results in Georgia. 

The poll also showed 45% of Americans believe Trump violated the law in his alleged efforts to thwart the results of the 2020 presidential election. 

The poll showed that 50% of Americans think Trump would be unfit for office if convicted of a crime. 

Of those who think Trump did not commit any crimes, 80% believe he would still be fit for office. 

The surveys come as numerous national polls of a tight race between Trump and President Joe Biden in this year's presidential election. 

Trump faces 34 felony counts in a New York court for falsifying business records. Jury selection in that case began Monday.