Following the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on Monday, a new poll showed more than 80% of Republican respondents said it made them more motivated to vote for 2022 elections.
In the Trafalgar Group and Convention of States Action survey, which was conducted August 9-10, 71.7% of independent respondents said the raid increased their willingness to vote. But the increased motivation may be just the tip of the “voting surge” planned for November in response to the raid, according to Convention of States Action President Mark Meckler.
“Independent and Republican voters are united in their outrage at this unprecedented and tragic event in American history,” Meckler said in a statement of the poll results. “This Gestapo-style injustice has created such a huge wave of votes that the polls aren’t even beginning to reflect what’s coming from grassroots voters in November.”
The FBI raid was quickly condemned by Republicans, while Trump pushed the unsubstantiated suggestion that the intelligence service may have “planted” evidence at Mar-a-Lago. Trump attorney Christina Bobb told NBC News that the FBI seized about a dozen boxes, months after the National Archives revealed it had arranged for the transportation of presidential records from the residence that had no not been properly transferred at the end of his administration.
Trump denounced the search in a statement late Monday as “neither necessary nor appropriate.”
“It’s a fault of the prosecutor, the militarization of the justice system and an attack by the radical left democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for president in 2024, especially based on recent polls and who will also do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives. in the upcoming midterm elections,” he added.
The Trafalgar Group/Convention of States Action poll gives even more insight into public opinion of the raid, particularly among the GOP.
Overall, more respondents (47.9%) said they thought Trump’s “political enemies” were behind the raid compared to those who said the “impartial justice system” was responsible ( 39.7%). Another 12.4 percent said they weren’t sure.
A large majority of Republicans (76.7%) believe Trump’s political enemies were responsible for the raid, while just 11.9% of Democrats gave the same answer.
Another 70.5% of Democrats said they believe the impartial judiciary was behind the Mar-a-Lago raid.
Among independent respondents, 53.9% said Trump’s enemies were responsible and 35.3% said it was the impartial justice system.
Newsweek contacted the Trafalgar Group and a Trump spokesperson for comment.