Trump’s Favorability Among Republicans Rose Following Mar-a-Lago Search: Poll

Former President Donald Trump’s favorability among Republicans increased following the raid of his Mar-a-Lago estate last week, according to a new poll.

Trump's Favorability Among Republicans Rose Following Mar-a-Lago Search
Trump’s Favorability Among Republicans Rose Following Mar-a-Lago Search

A poll by The Economist/YouGov found that 57 percent of Republicans have a “very favorable” opinion of the former president. That is up from 45 percent in the previous week’s poll.

Another 23 percent found the former president somewhat favorable, which, overall, means Donald Trump’s favorability among Republicans is 80 percent.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s favorability among independents was found to be 37 percent overall. Among Democrats, the former president’s overall favorability is just 15 percent.

Among voters overall, Donald Trump’s favorability is 43 percent versus a group of 54 percent who find him unfavorable.

Overall, 39 percent of Americans said they find Trump favorable, with men (44 percent) saying so more so than women (35 percent). The poll found that Trump was most favored by those aged 65 and older (47 percent) and least liked by people aged 18-29 (33 percent).

Among people’s financial status, those earning more money — $50,000-$100,000 a year (43 percent) and $100,000 or more (43 percent) — found the former president more favorable than those who earn less than $50,000 a year (36 percent).

Region-wise, Donald Trump’s favorability was highest in the South (43 percent), followed by the Midwest (39 percent), Northeast (37 percent) and West (36 percent).

Also, the former president’s favorability was highest among rural/other areas (45 percent), followed by suburb (38 percent) and urban (35 percent) residents.

FBI agents who illegally raided Mar-a-Lago should be publicly identified

Trump's Favorability Among Republicans Rose Following Mar-a-Lago Search
Trump’s Favorability Among Republicans Rose Following Mar-a-Lago Search

As staff at the FBI and Department of Justice face threats of violence in the wake of last week’s Mar-a-Lago search, one of Donald Trump’s lawyers has suggested releasing CCTV footage of the raid – and dismissed concerns about the consequences of revealing the identities of agents who carried it out.

Appearing on pro-Trump network Newsmax, Alina Habba said she “would love” to see the footage of the raid released specifically because it should be made clear which individual agents carried the FBI operation out.

“We don’t want you to see their identities,” she said, mocking the rationale for keeping the tapes sealed, “because we don’t want you to know who did that. Well, if you’re doing it as an agent, I’m not sure you should have that right.

“Listen: FBI agents, undercover agents, that’s one thing. But when you go into a president’s home, an ex-president’s home, what do you expect is going to happen? What do you expect?”

The abuse directed at FBI agents since the raid has been intense and dangerous. In one example, a man was charged earlier this week with threatening to kill as many agents as possible over the raid, which he called an act of “war”.

In a joint statement, the bureau and the Department of Homeland Security announced that they have “observed an increase in violent threats posted on social media against federal officials and facilities” directly connected to the raid. These threats took on a new significance when far-right website Breitbart published an unredacted version of the search warrant that contained the names of two FBI agents involved in the search.

In her interview, Ms Habba also claimed that the former president’s team will be sending video to the Department of Justice sometime soon.

“I do know that they are planning to put it together if it’s not already together and send it out to the DoJ,” she said. “We cooperate! That’s what we always do, we always have. I would love for the country to see what I saw from those cameras.”

Trump's Favorability Among Republicans Rose Following Mar-a-Lago Search
Trump’s Favorability Among Republicans Rose Following Mar-a-Lago Search

Footage from cameras at Mar-a-Lago has indeed been subpoenaed by the Department of Justice, but the department is not known to be looking for a recording of the search which FBI agents carried out. Instead, it has reportedly requested recordings covering a 60-day period after Mr Trump and his team were in touch with investigators about documents stored at the residence but before the FBI arrived with a warrant to search it.

While Ms Habba’s claim that the Trump team “always” cooperates with law enforcement, the impetus for the search appears to have been that investigators had probable cause to believe that sensitive government documents were still being stored at Mar-a-Lago, as reflected in the inventory of materials seized. The search came even after a written declaration from a Trump lawyer earlier this summer attested that all classified material had been handed over.


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