In the wake of – and perhaps largely due to – the fourth indictment to hit former President Donald Trump, a new CIVIQs poll reveals that a shockingly low 24% of Americans believe the country under President Joe Biden is on the right track, as Breitbart reports.
Adding insult to injury for Democrats is the survey's accompanying finding that fully 66% of respondents indicated their belief that the nation is, in fact, on the wrong track.
In news sure to send alarm bells ringing inside Biden's reelection campaign, only 17% of the all-important independent voting block indicated a belief that the country is on the right track, with a staggering 75% stating the opposite.
Less than 50% of Democrats aligned themselves with the “right track” assessment, with 33% declaring the nation to be on the wrong track.
Not surprisingly, 96% of Republican respondents fell into the “wrong track” camp, with a miniscule measure of 2% stating otherwise.
With much of the mainstream media's news coverage in recent weeks focusing on the mounting indictments of Trump, it stands to reason that the negative perceptions of the country's trajectory are inextricably linked to those events.
Just such a hypothesis has been put forward in recent days by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who opined, as Fox News notes, that the release of Trump's mugshot by Fulton County, Georgia this week backfired in a very real way.
During an appearance on Life, Liberty & Levin, Gingrich opined that Americans are swiftly waking up to what the relentless legal pursuit against Trump could actually mean for the future of the nation.
“I think that Trump is not a candidate – Trump is the leader of a movement,” Gingrich declared.
The former lawmaker added, “He's the personification of an establishment that is totally corrupt, destroying anything that gets in its way.”
What's more, according to Gingrich, the Trump indictments are already boosting the former presidents' standing among segments of the electorate that have not historically been in his corner, doing so just as the 2024 campaign really begins to heat up.
That phenomenon is, in the former speaker's estimation, particularly noticeable with Black males, who feel commonality with Trump as someone who believes that he has been wronged by the justice system.
“The reason is simple,” Gingrich explained. “They feel that the police have harassed them. They're not watching the government harass Trump. They actually identify with what he's going through.”
The result could prove pivotal, Gingrich mused, adding, “I think many people who may or may not like Trump's personality, but they look at this and they think, 'Here are my choices. I'm going to side with a totally corrupt administration or I'm going to side with the guy who has the guts to stand there and take the beating and keep coming,” and also, presumably, work to set the country back on the proverbial “right track.”
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