Republicans are not worried about the impact of the recent conviction of President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and guilty plea of ex-attorney Michael Cohen, with 65 percent of GOP voters saying it will not affect their vote in the midterms, according to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
“The Manafort conviction and Cohen guilty plea have done little to change GOP voter opinions about the midterms and President Trump,” Morning Consult’s managing director Tyler Sinclair told Politico. “Presently, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Republicans say these developments have no impact at all on their vote in the midterm election.”
Manafort is facing up to a decade in prison for multiple counts of tax evasion and bank fraud, while Cohen, charged with tax evasion, campaign finance violations, and more, implicated the president while accepting a plea deal, claiming that Trump directed him to use campaign cash to payoff porn star Stormy Daniels to cover up an alleged affair.
All things considered, 45 percent of voters say the two convictions that were both handed down on Tuesday will not impact their picks in the midterm elections, while 21 percent of voters say the decisions will largely impact their vote.
Another 15 percent of voters say the decisions will have a small impact on their midterm vote, while 19 percent of voters said they can’t predict the impact the convictions will have, according to the poll.
The poll surveyed 1,564 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.