Trump Polling Lead Over Biden Grew After Carroll Verdict

Former President Donald Trump saw his lead over incumbent President Joe Biden among independent voters increase in the most recent Morning Consult poll out Monday after a Manhattan jury awarded author E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million in damages from Trump in a defamation lawsuit last week.

Trump clocked in at 44% of voters to Biden’s 42% in the latest national head-to-head matchup between the two presidents by the Morning Consult. Trump held onto his 2% lead over Biden in the poll. Moreover, the former president surged among independent voters the week he lost a civil trial in a decision favoring his accuser, E. Jean Carroll.

Trump’s share of support among voters without a party affiliation jumped by four percentage points to 42% over the previous poll. Meanwhile, support for Biden among independents lags far behind Trump at 30% for the sitting president. The polling surge follows decisive victories for the Republican presidential frontrunner in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.

The former president continues to lead among Republican voters far ahead of his only remaining rival in the GOP nominating contest, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), with 81% of likely primary voters nationwide supporting Trump to Haley’s 18% in the polls.

A Manhattan jury reached the $83.3 million verdict against Trump on Friday, Jan. 26. Carroll’s attorney, Roberta Kaplan told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “She feels that she got justice from the jury today and from the court. And she feels she really stood up, and she has, stood up for almost every woman who’s been defamed, who’s been kicked down, who’s been shut up.”

In an interview Monday on “CBS Mornings,” Carroll said she will “do anything” she can to help the Biden campaign defeat Trump in the general election.

“Well, Hans Christian Andersen’s great fairy tale, ‘The Emperor Has No Clothes?’ That is written about Donald Trump. It’s just we’re the ones who clothe him in all this power. He has none himself; it’s his followers. It’s his hangers-on,” said Carroll in the interview.

Trump still faces four criminal indictments and a total of 91 felony criminal charges.