AUGUSTA, Maine — About 1 in 4 Maine voters incorrectly consider former President Donald Trump received the 2020 election, in response to a ballot launched Thursday earlier than Trump was booked in an Atlanta jail on prices of making an attempt to overturn his Georgia defeat.
Greater than 60 % of residents additionally consider Trump will probably be convicted in no less than one of many 4 felony instances he at the moment faces, although comparatively few consider he’ll spend time in jail, the College of New Hampshire Survey Heart’s Pine Tree State Ballot of 555 Mainers discovered.
This survey and others reveal deep skepticism of Trump’s 2024 return bid amongst Maine voters at massive. However 6 in 10 Republicans consider the previous president’s lie that he beat President Joe Biden within the election three years in the past, exhibiting his main message is constant to play a task in politics right here.
Moreover, the survey touched on a difficulty Republicans have gone after Biden on: his son Hunter Biden. The ballot discovered greater than half of Mainers consider Hunter Biden, who’s going through tax and firearm prices, has accomplished one thing unlawful and is receiving favorable remedy from prosecutors as a result of he’s the Democratic president’s son.
The net survey was performed between Aug. 17 and Monday, with a margin of error of roughly 4 %. Democrats made up 43 %, Republicans made up 39 % and independents had been 18 % of respondents.
Regardless of Trump’s pending felony instances associated to allegedly mishandling categorized paperwork, looking for to overturn the 2020 election within the run-up to the violent Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot, making hush cash funds to a porn actor and making an attempt to reverse his election defeat in Georgia, he stays the clear Republican favourite to tackle Biden once more subsequent yr.
The Pine Tree State Ballot discovered 26 % of Mainers consider that Trump received the 2020 election, regardless of verified outcomes and Congress certifying Biden’s victory. Sixty-two % of Mainers consider Biden received, whereas 12 % are not sure, per the ballot.
The cut up was clear amongst Mainers based mostly on whom they voted for in 2020, with 99 % of Biden voters saying Biden received and 80 % of Trump voters saying both that Trump received or they’re not sure. Amongst those that voted for different 2020 candidates or didn’t vote, 50 % stated they’re not sure, 31 % stated Biden received and 19 % stated Trump received.
The Maine findings echo a nationwide ballot from earlier this summer season that discovered 30 % of Individuals nonetheless consider election fraud led to Biden’s victory.
No polling has been accomplished on which GOP candidates Maine voters assist for 2024, although some indicated in current interviews they could take into account entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over Trump. However Trump stays the GOP frontrunner in nationwide polls and skipped Wednesday’s first presidential debate, as an alternative doing an interview with Tucker Carlson posted on social media on the similar time.
On the indictments, 64 % of Maine residents stated they assume Trump has dedicated a criminal offense in no less than one of many 4 instances, however solely 20 % consider he’ll spend no less than in the future in jail. Greater than two-thirds of Mainers don’t assume it’s possible he’ll serve jail time.
Lastly, the survey requested about Hunter Biden, whom Home Republicans are targeted on as a consequence of probes into his enterprise dealings in addition to a scrapped plea deal. Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-California, has additionally floated a possible impeachment inquiry into the present president tied partially to allegations the Justice Division has handled the Biden household in a different way whereas investigating Hunter Biden.
The ballot discovered 52 % of Mainers consider Hunter Biden has accomplished one thing “unlawful,” 24 % consider he has accomplished one thing “unethical” however not unlawful, 23 % are not sure and 1 % assume he has accomplished “nothing fallacious.”
Damaged down by get together affiliation, 89 % of Maine Republicans, 62 % of independents and 18 % of Democrats assume he has accomplished one thing unlawful.
The ballot additionally indicated 58 % of Mainers assume Hunter Biden is “undoubtedly” or “in all probability” receiving favorable remedy from prosecutors as a result of his father is president, whereas 35 % assume he isn’t receiving favorable remedy and seven % are not sure.