Most respondents said they knew about the search, and only about a quarter said they heard little or nothing about it.
The majority of survey respondents – 54% – said the search was carried out due to mishandling of classified information. Nearly a third said they believed the search was related to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol, a connection that was not confirmed by the Justice Department or reported by media.
The results varied widely by party: 69% of respondents who identified as Republicans believed the research was politically motivated, compared to 11% of Democrats. On the other side, 81% of respondents who identified as Democrats saw the search as related to evidence of a crime, compared to 16% of Republicans. Independents were also more likely — by an 11-point margin — to say the search was due to evidence that Trump had committed a crime than an outward political motivation.
Respondents were split on whether the search was an abuse of power: 40% said the search was an abuse that should be investigated, but a similar proportion said it was not. It wasn’t an abuse of power at all.
But despite the research, Trump still led President Joe Biden among respondents on whether every man should run for president in 2024: 39% said Trump should run again while just 28% said said Biden should seek re-election.
The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll was conducted August 10-12, among 2,004 registered voters. The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 2 points.