A recent CNN poll conducted by SSRS between January 25-30, has revealed public opinion on former President Donald Trump's potential actions if he were to be re-elected. The poll highlights that 48% of respondents view a verdict on Trump's election charges before the 2024 election as "essential" and nearly a quarter of Trump’s supporters believe that he should not be the Republican Party’s nominee for president if he is found guilty of a crime.
Trump currently faces four separate criminal indictments, including federal charges related to his alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. The trial date in that case, originally set for March 4, was postponed Friday after the survey was conducted.
Main Findings of the Survey
According to the survey, 89%, believe that Trump would enact mass deportations of undocumented immigrants. 82% believe that Trump would fire federal workers who oppose his policies, reflecting concerns about the politicization of the federal workforce and the potential for further divisions within government agencies.
Notably, 78% of respondents anticipate that Trump would pardon himself for any federal crimes and 77% believe he would pardon most individuals convicted for the January 6 attack on the Capitol. The poll also indicates that 77% of respondents expect Trump to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a long-standing promise from Trump's previous campaigns and administrations.
Finally, 74% predict that Trump would direct the Department of Justice to investigate his political rivals, an action that could raise questions about the independence of federal investigative bodies.
Trump has pleaded not guilty to four felony counts that accuse him of attempting to overturn the 2020 election and instigating his followers to attack the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, resulting in 140 injured law enforcement officers.