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Rove: Trump declining in polls since hush money conviction

Republican strategist Karl Rove said Saturday that former President Trump’s approval rating has fallen since his conviction in the New York hush-money case.

“I agree. Actually, look at the evidence,” Rove said when asked by Fox News host Paul Gigot on “The Journal Editorial Report” whether he agreed there has been a “shift in favor” of President Biden in the polls following his conviction.

Rove also held up a whiteboard that appeared to list polls.

“Here it is,” Rove continued, “This is a poll from June 1st. Red means Donald Trump won, blue means Joe Biden is in the lead, green means a tie. Look from the first of this month: Trump lead by 1 point, Trump lead by 2 points, Trump lead by 1 point, Biden lead by 1 point, tie, Trump lead by 2 points, Biden lead by 2 points, tie, Biden lead by 2 points. So this has been going on since the guilty verdict in New York on May 30th.”

According to The Hill/Decision Desk average of national polls, Trump is ahead of Biden by just 0.6 percentage points, with 44.5 percent to the incumbent president’s 43.9 percent.

The former president became the first former U.S. president to be convicted after a jury found him guilty last month on all charges of falsifying business records to conceal an alleged affair during the 2016 election campaign.

Biden and Trump are due to debate next week for the first time since 2020, and Rove has previously said the Biden-Trump debate will be the most important in decades.

“If it happens, it will be the most important presidential debate since at least the 1980 debate,” Rove told Fox News host Martha MacCallum in April.