Poll: Potential pardons for Trump family members unpopular with voters

Slim majorities of voters said it would be inappropriate for Trump to pardon his three eldest children — Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka — while just under half said it would be wrong to pardon Kushner and Giuliani. Around half of GOP voters said it would be appropriate for Trump to pardon his children and Giuliani, and roughly 2 in 5 said the same for Kushner…

The news is chiefly resonating among the president’s detractors: 34 percent of voters who have an unfavorable view of him said they’d heard a lot about a potential pardoning spree, compared to 15 percent of those with a favorable view of him who said the same.

For much of his presidency, Trump has tended to make decisions aimed at stoking his base, and Republican backing for the pardons is higher than it was for other potential beneficiaries during the past four years. In February, for example, just 38 percent of GOP voters said it would be appropriate for Trump to pardon longtime associate Roger Stone, who was sentenced to 40 months on charges stemming from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. But 43 percent of Republicans approved when Trump commuted Stone’s sentence in July.