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Most Americans Want to See Donald Trump's Jan. 6 Verdict Reached Before the November Election: Poll

Also in the poll, three in four respondents believe Trump would not concede the 2024 election if he lost to Joe Biden on a general ballot

<p>Michael M. Santiago/Getty</p> Donald Trump arriving for his civil fraud trial in New York

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Donald Trump arriving for his civil fraud trial in New York

With the timing of Donald Trump's criminal trials hanging in the balance, a majority of Americans believe that his fate should be decided before voters head to the polls in November.

A new CNN-SSRS poll shows that 48% of Americans say it's "essential" that a verdict is reached in his federal 2020 election subversion case before the next election occurs, while another 16% say they'd "prefer" to see a verdict reached prior. A minority of respondents — 11% — say that a trial should be postponed until after votes are cast.

Broken down by party, 72% of Democrats, 52% of independents, and 38% of Republicans say that a verdict should be reached before the presidential election.

Also in the poll, 74% of respondents said they do not believe Trump would concede the upcoming election if he lost to Joe Biden on the general ballot.

Related: Donald Trump Hit with New Jan. 6 Indictment After the 'Most Wide-Ranging' Investigation in DOJ History

SETH WENIG/POOL/AFP via Getty Donald Trump is arraigned at the Manhattan Criminal Court on April 4, 2023
SETH WENIG/POOL/AFP via Getty Donald Trump is arraigned at the Manhattan Criminal Court on April 4, 2023

All four of the recent criminal investigations into Trump have led to indictments — the first one making him the only U.S. president to face criminal charges, and the next two further distinguishing him as the only president to face federal charges.

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In April 2023, Trump faced a Manhattan judge and pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts involving alleged hush money payments to two women, believed to be (though not named by prosecutors) adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal.

In June 2023, Trump was indicted by a federal grand jury for his alleged mishandling of classified documents after leaving the White House.

And in August, Trump was indicted on four criminal counts by a federal grand jury investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot and other efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The original March trial date in that case was postponed just last week while an appeals court considers arguments from Trump's legal team that he should be immune from prosecution because he had executive privilege as president.

Trump's fourth indictment came last August after Georgia prosecutors presented evidence to a grand jury regarding the former president's efforts to overturn the state's 2020 election results.

Related: Donald Trump Wins Republican Caucuses in Iowa, Securing Party's First 2024 Victory

Trump's ongoing legal issues don't end with the criminal investigations. In January, the former president was ordered to pay former Elle advice columnist E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million as punishment for disparaging her in 2019 and denying that he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s.

Trump is holding onto his lead over Nikki Haley in the Republican presidential primaries, and recently won both the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

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