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CBS News poll shows Trump voters trust Trump more than family and religious leaders, indictments have become a rallying factor
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CBS News poll shows Trump voters trust Trump more than family and religious leaders, indictments have become a rallying factor

Despite former President Donald Trump being entangled in legal woes, the embattled presidential candidate currently holds a commanding lead in the early polls. As it turns out, voters have rallied around Trump because of the multiple indictments, according to new polling.

The survey of 2,061 Americans between Aug. 16 - 18, found that 70% feel things in America today are going "somewhat badly" or "very badly."

On the topic of the 2020 election, 71% of GOP voters do not consider Joe Biden as the "legitimate" winner, according to a new CBS News poll released on Sunday.

When asked to describe the U.S. political system, 64% called it "dysfunctional" and 58% said it was "corrupt," while only 14% called it "effective" and just 7% said it was "honest."

According to the poll, Trump increased his lead over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over previous polls. Despite the four indictments against Trump, the poll found that 62% of likely Republican primary voters planned to support Trump versus 16% for DeSantis. All of the other GOP candidates are in single digits. In the same poll from June 11, Trump was at 61% and DeSantis was polling at 23%.

Of the potential voters, 38% say that the indictments are "politically motivated" against Trump, compared to 37% who say that Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election.

Trump supporters have an unwavering allegiance to him and trust him more than family, friends, and religious leaders, according to the poll.

Among Trump supporters, 71% feel what Trump tells them is "generally true," showing more trust in the politician than family and friends (63%), conservative media figures (56%), and religious leaders (42%).

Among voters considering voting for Trump, they cite the reasons for supporting him as: "I think things were better under Trump" (99%), "he fights for people like me" (95%), and "I know him better than other candidates" (76%).

Trump decided to skip next week's first Republican presidential primary debate; however, an overwhelming 73% of Republican voters say he should participate in the debate against his GOP competitors.

Regarding the first GOP presidential primary debate that takes place in Milwaukee on Wednesday, 91% of likely Republican primary voters said the candidates should make a case for themselves instead of highlighting Trump's shortcomings.

Republican voters said the issues that are "very important" to them are: lower inflation (86%), reduce violent crime (83%), stop illegal immigration (81%), cut federal spending (74%), stand up to China (73%), stop teaching 'woke' ideas in schools (71%.), and lower taxes (67%).

The poll finds that likely Republican primary voters see Trump of having a 91% chance of possibly or definitely defeating Biden in the 2024 election, compared to DeSantis at 82%.

If Trump is not the Republican presidential candidate, 72% of likely Republican primary voters said they would want a candidate very similar or somewhat similar to Trump.

DeSantis has been the most attacked presidential candidate in the 2024 election – by far. DeSantis has been the target of $20,241,512 million in negative independent expenditures – a quarter of all independent expenditures in the 2024 election cycle. The Trump-supporting super PAC Make America Great Again Inc. spent $20,195,800 against DeSantis.

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Paul Sacca

Paul Sacca

Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.
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