Despite two indictments, Trump prevails as ‘Teflon Don’ in 2024 polling and confounds pundits
Former president Donald Trump is gaining support in the face of a federal criminal indictment he claims is a “political persecution” by the Biden Justice Department, seemingly living up to the moniker “Teflon Don” according to recent polling that places him several percentage points ahead of President Joe Biden in 2024.
According to the most recent poll by Harvard CAPS-Harris, in a hypothetical 2024 presidential election, Trump would be preferred by at least 6 points over Biden. Only 39% of respondents said they would choose Biden for a second term, while 45% preferred the former president over the current leader.
15% of those surveyed were undecided about the fictitious race between the two.
The results came as Biden’s problems for 2024 keep getting worse. According to a recently published Dailymail.com/JL Partners poll, 71% of Americans think he is “too old” to seek reelection. This includes 73% of young adults (18–29 years old), 71% of independents, and 49% of Democrats.
According to Reuters/Ipsos, the Biden White House’s approval ratings have been somewhat of a sore spot, dropping to a historic low of 36% in May 2022. The President’s 41% approval rating in April of this year, according to CNN polls, was the second-lowest for any Commander in Chief in the previous 70 years.
Two Trump indictments don’t appear to have helped Biden’s chances; if anything, the Republican firebrand’s support has grown stronger as a result of Trump being detained by his main political rival’s DOJ. According to NPR, 71% of red voters will stick for Trump even if he ends up being found guilty of a crime.
The only former or current President to experience such an event in American history was Trump, who was charged for the first time in March by a New York grand jury on state charges. He reportedly raised more over $4 million for his reelection campaign in the days that followed.
Numerous well-known conservative individuals have vehemently condemned the indictments as yet another instance of militarized law enforcement, a topic the 45th president has emphasized.
“This fake case was brought only to interfere with the upcoming 2024 presidential election and it should be dropped immediately,” Trump said to his supporters after his first indictment.
The March charges included “intent to defraud and intent to commit another crime” relating to a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels. It was widely criticized for being vague and even for being “not a crime,” in the words of Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.
“In his [Bragg’s] press conference, he mentions a couple of them, but they all relate to Stormy Daniels and other kinds of personal, sexual and other payoffs,” Dershowitz said to Just The News. “That’s just not a crime. It’s just not a crime,” he added.
Trump’s most recent indictment in federal court in Miami included 37 felony counts alleging he mishandled sensitive National Defense Information documents, to which he pleaded not guilty on all counts.
On Monday, he was ordered by a federal judge not to disclose discovery evidence ahead of his trial.
Trump could easily win the GOP nomination, according to the Harvard survey, which also predicts his chances in the general election. The Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the supposed front-runner in the race, dropped to 14% favorability among Republican voters in the same poll, leaving the former President with a staggering 45-point advantage.
Former Trump vice president Mike Pence finished third with 8% of the vote, while Tim Scott, Vivek Ramaswamy, Nikki Haley, and other contenders received less than 5% of the vote.
According to veteran Trump advisor Bruce Levell, “Most of these [GOP] candidates that have entered the race owe everything to President Trump.”
In particular, he remarked of Ron DeSantis, who he said was “pushed over the finish line” in the 2018 race for governor against Andrew Gillum, “If it weren’t for President Trump, they would all be no names.”
Levell forecasted that Trump’s lead in the polls would remain “extremely high” as he fought to uphold his innocence.
According to him, President Trump will continue to poll exceptionally well because more and more Americans are learning not to trust the majority of the media and the legal system.