Close to half of the registered voters who participated in a Morning Consult/POLITICO poll this week following the F.B.I raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida said they supported the bureau’s decision to conduct the raid.
While approximately 49% said they were in support of the move, 37% said they did not support it and 13% said they did not know or did not have an opinion.
Trump announced Monday night that the F.B.I. was raiding his estate – which is home to a members-only beach club – and Attorney General Merrick Garland confirmed the reports Thursday. At the time, he also announced that the Justice Department filed a motion to unseal the warrant to search Trump’s property.
It was subsequently unsealed Friday. According to The New York Times, the F.B.I. seized 11 documents during the raid, including some marked as classified or top secret.
Before the search warrant was unsealed, The Washington Post reported that “classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items F.B.I. agents sought,” citing unnamed people familiar with the investigation. Representatives from Trump, the Justice Department and the F.B.I. declined to comment.
Although Trump said Friday that he had declassified all of the materials seized during the raid, The Times said markings found on the documents are normally removed when presidents declassify files. Since Trump left the White House, there have been reports that he would rip up official documents and in January Trump turned over 15 boxes of “improperly taken” material to the National Archives, said The Times.
Per the unsealed warrant, Trump is being investigated for potential violations of the Espionage Act. According to POLITICO, the former president is also being investigated for removal or destruction of records and obstruction of justice.
“Conviction under the statutes can result in imprisonment or fines,” said the outlet.
Results from the poll, which was conducted Wednesday, showed that more than 50% of women approve of the raid. Support is also high among people with college and post-graduate degrees as well as Democrats.
Republican voters were least likely to support the raid, according to the poll. Trump has hinted that he plans to run as a GOP candidate in the 2024 election. Most Republican men and women polled said they believe Trump should run for president again in 2024.
As Trump supporters gathered near Mar-a-Lago this week in the wake of the raid, Democratic activist Thomas Kennedy of Miami, Fla., paid for an $1,800 banner with “HA HA HA” written on it to fly overhead.
“It brought me a lot of joy to do so,” Kennedy said, according to a local NBC affiliate. “I would do it again.”