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Most voters in new poll see Trump hush money charges as serious

Most voters in a new survey said they see former President Trump’s charges in the hush money case as at least “somewhat serious.”

A Reuters/Ipsos poll, released Wednesday, found that roughly 64 percent of registered voters said the charges in the New York case are “somewhat serious.” Another 34 percent of respondents said the case “lacks seriousness,” and the rest were either unsure or did not respond.

The case is set to go to trial Monday and marks the first criminal trial of any former U.S. president. While it’s been considered less severe than his other legal battles, any conviction could be a hit to the former president’s reelection bid, the pollsters noted.

When broken down by party, around 40 percent of Republican respondents said the hush money charges were serious. Two-thirds of independent voters said the same, per the poll.

Trump is facing 34 counts of falsifying business records related to hush money payment by his former attorney Michael Cohen to adult film actress Stormy Daniels — seen as a cover up for an alleged affair before the 2016 election. The former president has pleaded not guilty in the case.

His latest attempt to delay the trial was rejected by an appeals court Tuesday.

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