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Majority of New York voters view Trump trial as legitimate, Siena Poll finds

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As former President Donald Trump’s trial over alleged hush money payments began, a new Siena College poll revealed that a majority of New York voters regard the proceedings as legitimate. The poll, conducted as Trump faces charges of falsifying business records, showed that 54% of registered New York voters believe the trial is legitimate, contrasting with 30% who view it as a “witch hunt.”


Interest in the trial is high, with 60% of those polled stating they are paying attention to the developments. However, opinions are sharply divided along party lines, with about two-thirds of Republican voters considering the trial illegitimate. Trump is currently trailing behind Joe Biden in the state by a double-digit margin in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election.

The poll also highlighted challenges for New York Governor Kathy Hochul, revealing her lowest favorability ratings since taking office. Only 40% of voters expressed a favorable opinion of Hochul, with her approval ratings showing a significant drop among all demographics, especially Republicans. The poll touched on various state issues, reflecting New Yorkers’ perspectives on key social topics amidst the political developments.



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