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Almost half of Americans believe the federal indictment of former US President Donald Trump is politically motivated after he was charged with 37 counts in relation to the alleged mishandling of records at his Mar-a-Lago estate, a new poll released on Sunday found.

47 percent of respondents in the ABC News/Ipsos poll quoted by The Hill say the charges against Trump are politically motivated, while 37 percent say they are not. 16 percent say they are not sure.

Most Republicans — 80 percent — say the charges announced last week are politically motivated, with only 16 percent of Democrats aligning with that view.

By comparison, 71 percent of Democrats say the charges are not rooted in politics. Only nine percent of Republicans say the same.

Pollsters also asked Americans whether they believe Trump should be charged with a crime, with almost a majority of respondents — 48 percent — saying he should while 37 percent say he should not be charged.

The poll comes two days after the federal indictment against Trump in the classified documents case was unsealed.

According to the indictment, Trump faces 37 counts in the case, including 31 counts of willful retention of national defense information, according to the indictment.

Walt Nauta, an aide to Trump, was also indicted in special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into the mishandling of classified documents.

Special counsel Jack Smith, whom Garland appointed to oversee the investigation after Trump declared his candidacy for president in 2024, emphasized the seriousness of the charges facing Trump on Friday shortly after the indictment was unsealed.

On Saturday, Trump denounced the indictment against him in a speech in Georgia, calling it "ridiculous and baseless."