More Voters Than Not Back GOP Probe Into Bragg’s Investigation of Trump

45% of voters support congressional efforts to probe the Manhattan district attorney
April 10, 2023 at 2:30 pm UTC

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Voters are more likely than not to support House Republicans’ efforts to investigate Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who filed felony charges against former President Donald Trump last week, but a sizable chunk of voters haven’t made up their minds on the issue, according to a new Morning Consult survey.

Fewer Than Half of Voters Back House GOP’s Investigation of Bragg Investigation

Share of voters who approve or disapprove of congressional efforts to investigate Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s grand jury investigation
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Survey conducted April 5-8, 2023, among a representative sample of 1,981 registered voters, with an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

Where voters stand on the GOP’s probe into Bragg 

  • According to the April 5-8 survey, 45% of voters approve of congressional efforts to probe Bragg’s grand jury investigation into Trump, while 35% disapprove. Another 20% say they “don’t know” or have “no opinion.” 
  • Nearly two-thirds of Republican voters (63%) support such efforts  — including 44% who do so strongly — while 20% oppose them.
  • Independent voters are split on the issue, with 39% supporting and 32% opposing congressional efforts to probe Bragg’s investigation. Roughly half of Democrats (49%) disapprove of congressional probes into Bragg. 

News of Trump’s charges broke through to most voters

News of Bragg’s decision to charge Trump with 34 felony counts for allegedly conspiring to undermine the 2016 election by paying hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels was seen, read or heard at least some by 4 in 5 voters — a figure that’s hardly changed from a survey conducted immediately after Trump’s indictment.  

The latest survey suggests that most Americans’ minds are made up on the matter, especially when comparing the results to those of the initial survey.

Opinions about Trump’s indictment unmoved after arrest

  • Roughly half of voters (51%) approve of the Manhattan grand jury’s decision to indict Trump, including 84% of Democrats, 45% of independents and 17% of Republicans. Those figures are similar to those from the  survey conducted before Trump’s arraignment. 
  • The latest survey found that 46% of voters believe Trump was indicted due to evidence that he committed a crime, while 41% think it was because of motivation to damage his political career — similar results to those of the initial survey. 
  • Two in 3 Republican voters say Trump should continue his presidential campaign, unchanged from the previous survey. 

The latest Morning Consult survey was conducted April 5-8, 2023, among a representative sample of 1,981 registered voters, with an unweighted margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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U.S. Politics Analyst

Eli Yokley is Morning Consult’s U.S. politics analyst. Eli joined Morning Consult in 2016 from Roll Call, where he reported on House and Senate campaigns after five years of covering state-level politics in the Show Me State while studying at the University of Missouri in Columbia, including contributions to The New York Times, Politico and The Daily Beast. Follow him on Twitter @eyokley. Interested in connecting with Eli to discuss his analysis or for a media engagement or speaking opportunity? Email [email protected].

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