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46 percent say Trump did something illegal in hush money case: Poll

Nearly half of registered U.S. voters say former President Trump acted illegally in his ongoing hush money criminal trial in New York, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Quinnipiac National University voteThe poll, conducted May 16-20, found that 46% of registered voters said they thought Trump had done something illegal, and 29% said they thought Trump had done something unethical. I answered that I didn’t think it was illegal. Another 21% said they believe President Trump has done nothing wrong.

The poll was taken as the trial against the former president begins to wind down in New York, about a month after it began. Closing arguments will be held next week.

Voters now stand in a similar position to polls conducted at the start of the trial on whether Trump acted illegally in the case: At the time, 46% of registered voters said they believed he did so.

The number of people who skipped the question or said they didn’t know decreased slightly from 8 percent to 4 percent in the last month. At the same time, the number of people who say President Trump acted unethically but not illegally increased slightly, from 27% to 29%, although within the margin of error. The number of respondents who said Trump did nothing wrong increased from 18% to 21%.

When asked if a conviction would change their vote, 6% of Trump supporters said they would be less likely to vote for him, while 24% of Trump supporters said it would make them more likely to vote for him. 68% of those who voted for President Trump said it had no effect on their vote.

“Will a conviction sink Trump? A majority of his supporters say it wouldn’t be a big deal. But in a very close race, that 6% could tip the balance,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy said in a statement.

The former president is 34 years old in connection with hush money paid by former Trump fixer Michael Cohen to porn actress Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged affair with Trump in the run-up to the 2016 election. He is charged with falsifying business records. In 2006, he denied it.

Trump has maintained his innocence, saying the records are true and that he had no personal involvement in the plot.

At the beginning of the survey questions, the case was simply described to respondents as “the New York City criminal trial against former President Donald Trump related to allegations of falsifying business records, including the payment of hush money to a porn actress.”

A total of 1,374 self-identified registered voters took part in the survey from May 16-20. It has a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.

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