More Republicans Have 'Very Favorable' View of Trump After FBI Raid: Poll

The number of Republicans who have a "very favorable" view of former President Donald Trump has increased following the FBI raid of his Florida residence last week, according to a new poll.

A poll from The Economist/YouGov published on Thursday shows that 57 percent of those who identified as Republican now have a very favorable view of the former president.

That's a notable increase from the same poll the previous week, which showed that 45 percent of Republicans said their view of Trump was very favorable. The former president's overall favorability with Republicans remained unchanged at 80 percent.

Trump and his allies have expressed fury at the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago and the former president has claimed the raid was a part of an ongoing "witch hunt" against him. Anger over the raid could potentially impact crucial midterm elections even after Democrats appeared to have gained ground in recent weeks.

The Economist/YouGov was conducted from August 13 to 16 with 1,500 adults and found that 23 percent of Republicans had a somewhat favorable opinion of Trump, while 17 percent said their opinion was either somewhat or very unfavorable and 3 percent didn't know.

The previous poll was conducted from August 7 to 9 - the FBI search at Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence took place on August 8 - and showed 34 percent of Republicans had a somewhat favorable view of Trump, compared to 17 percent with somewhat or very unfavorable and 3 percent who answered: "don't know."

In what may be a key finding, the poll showed that the share of Republicans who said they were more enthusiastic about voting in this year's midterms elections had also increased during the same period.

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at The Farm at 95 on April 9, 2022 in Selma, North Carolina. A new poll shows more Republicans now have a very favorable view of Trump. Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Fifty-one percent of Republican respondents said they were more enthusiastic about voting in this year's election compared to previous congressional elections.

In the August 7 to 9 poll, that figure had stood at 45 percent - representing a positive shift of six points.

The share of Republicans who said they were less enthusiastic about voting this year also fell slightly from 16 percent to 15 percent. A further 29 percent said they felt about the same, down from 31 percent.

By contrast, just 36 percent of Democrats said they were more enthusiastic about voting this year, while 15 percent were less enthusiastic and 40 percent said they felt about the same.

Republicans also overwhelmingly disapproved of the FBI search at Mar-a-Lago, with 61 percent saying they strongly disapproved and 11 percent saying they disapproved. A further 10 percent strongly approved and 11 percent somewhat approved.

It remains to be seen if this apparent rise in GOP enthusiasm and approval for Trump will have an impact on the upcoming midterms, where the former president has endorsed a number of high-profile candidates.

However, The Economist/YouGov poll also contained some good news for President Joe Biden and the Democrats. Biden's approval has risen to 42 percent - a rise of four points from the previous poll - and his disapproval now stands at 51 percent, down from 55 percent.

Disapproval of Congress has fallen from 58 percent to 52 percent, while 20 percent of respondents approved of the job they were doing - that's a rise of five points from the previous week. Democrats have scored some recent legislative wins, including the Inflation Reduction Act, which passed Congress on August 12.

While 63 percent of Americans still think the country is on the wrong track, that figure has fallen from 70 percent.