In the wake of the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida home last week, more Republicans now describe him as having a “very favorable” opinion.
According to a The Economist/YouGov poll released on Thursday, 57 percent of Republicans now have a very favorable opinion of the former president.
That represents a significant improvement over the same poll conducted the week prior, which revealed that 45% of Republicans viewed Trump favorably. Republicans still have an 80 percent overall favorability rating for the previous president.
The FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago has angered Trump and his allies, and the former president has alleged the raid was a part of a larger “witch hunt” against him. Despite the fact that Democrats appeared to be making gains in recent weeks, anger over the raid may have an impact on the key midterm elections.
When 1,500 respondents were polled by The Economist/YouGov from August 13 to August 16, 23 percent of Republicans said they had a somewhat favorable opinion of Trump, while 17 percent said they had a very or extremely unfavorable one, and 3 percent said they were unsure.
The last poll, which was taken from August 7 to August 9 (the day the FBI searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home), revealed that 34% of Republicans had a somewhat favorable opinion of Trump, compared to 17% who had a very or very unfavorable opinion, and 34% who said, “don’t know.”
The poll revealed what could be a significant finding: Republicans were more likely than Democrats to say they were excited to vote in this year’s midterm elections.
Republican respondents claimed that compared to prior congressional elections, they were 51 percent more excited to cast a ballot this year.
That percentage was 45 percent in the survey conducted from August 7 to 9, an improvement of six points.
From 16 to 15 percent, the proportion of Republicans who said they were less excited to vote this year also decreased significantly. Another 29%, down from 31%, reported having similar feelings.
Democrats, on the other hand, were divided into three groups: 36% said they were more excited to vote this year, 15% said they were less excited, and 40% said they felt about the same.
With 61 percent saying they strongly disapproved and 11 percent saying they disapproved, Republicans likewise largely disapproved of the FBI search at Mar-a-Lago. An additional 10% strongly and 11% somewhat approved, respectively.
It is unclear whether the GOP’s apparent increase in support for Trump will have an effect on the approaching midterm elections, where the former president has sponsored several well-known candidates.
The Economist/YouGov poll did, however, also provide some encouraging findings for Democrats and President Joe Biden. In the most recent poll, Biden’s approval rating increased by four points to 42 percent, while his disapproval dropped by five points to 51 percent.
While 20 percent of respondents approved of the work they were doing, up five points from the previous week, disapproval of Congress has decreased from 58 percent to 52 percent. Recent legislative victories for Democrats include the Inflation Reduction Act, which was approved by Congress on August 12.
Although 63 percent of Americans still believe that the nation is headed in the wrong direction, that percentage has decreased from 70 percent.
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