Half of Americans believe that former President Donald Trump should face criminal prosecution for storing classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and nearly six in 10 think he acted inappropriately, a new poll has found.

Americans by 59% to 26% say Trump’s keeping the boxes of classified documents he brought with him to Florida was inappropriate, a Quinnipiac poll showed. 

And 50% think the former president should face criminal charges.

As the saga has been unfolding over the storing of the documents since the Aug. 8 FBI raid, 76% of Americans say they are following the developments closely — split evenly between “very closely” and “somewhat closely.”

Asked how serious they think the allegations are against Trump, 49% say “very,” 15% say “somewhat,” while 13% say “not too serious” and 19% say “not serious at all.”

Among Republicans, 27% believe they’re “not serious,” and 67% shrug them off as being “not too” or “not serious at all.”

Anti-trump supporters outside of Trump Tower in NYC.
Half of Americans believe that former President Trump should face criminal prosecution for hiding classified information, according to a new poll.
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Ninety-six percent of Democrats say the allegations are “very” or “somewhat serious.”

Only 3% of Democrats consider the claims “not serious at all.”

Amid the investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents and President Biden’s recent rise in the polls, Americans would rather not see a repeat of the 2020 contest in 2024.

Donal Trump leaving Trump Tower in NYC.
Sixty-two percent of Americans say Trump should not run again in 2024.
Robert Miller
The documents seized in the raid with color-coded border indicating their classified status.
Off those surveyed, 50% think Trump should face criminal charges.
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Americans by 67% to 26% say Biden should not seek reelection, and Americans 62% to 33% say Trump should sit out the election. 

The poll showed that 40% of Americans approve of the job Biden is doing as president, an increase of 9 percentage points since July, but 52% still approve of his job performance.

Despite the upturn in the polls, the president still gets low marks for his handling of the economy (58%), foreign policy (54%), and the situation at the border (60%).

He has a 50% approval rating for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and a 44% positive rating for his work on climate change. 

On the question of the direction of the country, 49% say they are “very dissatisfied,” 26% say “somewhat dissatisfied,” while 26% are “very” or “somewhat satisfied.” 

The survey polled 1,584 adults between Aug. 25-29.

It has a plus/minus 2.5 percentage points margin of error. 



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