New York Attorney General Letitia James accused former U.S. President Donald Trump and some other defendants, including his companies and his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, of inflating the value of assets to obtain favorable loans and insurance deals. Even before the trial, the judge, Arthur F. Engoron ruled that Trump and the other defendants were liable for fraud. Ms. James had asked for Trump to pay $250 million and that he and his sons be permanently barred from running a business in New York. Trump’s trial has been ongoing with multiple defendants since then. Under these circumstances, Real Research has conducted a survey on Donald Trump’s upcoming trial to gauge the public’s reaction.


  • 24.13% of poll takers are highly interested in following Donald Trump’s upcoming trial news.
  • 47.62% know about James’ lawsuit alleging Trump overstated his wealth for years.
  • 39.47% think there would be only minimal implications for Trump’s political career post-trial.

Trump’s New York fraud trial

Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial is set to begin on November 6 in New York. His testimony follows his three eldest children’s testimonials in a case that threatens the family’s real estate empire. Real Research, an online survey app, asked our respondents if they were aware of this. Almost half (45.02%) of the survey respondents admitted that they were fully aware, while 35.53% were vaguely aware, and 19.45% said they were not aware.

We asked the public how interested they were in following the news about Donald Trump’s upcoming trial. 24.13% reported that they were very interested, 30.13% voted that they were somewhat interested, 29.52% were only slightly interested, and 16.22% were not interested at all.

Fig 1: People’s interest in following Donald Trump's upcoming trial
Fig 1: People’s interest in following Donald Trump’s upcoming trial

Attorney General James’ lawsuit alleges that the former president overstated his wealth for years on financial statements given to banks, insurers, and others to help secure loans and details. Real Research asked the public if they were aware of this. 47.62% responded that they were fully aware, 31.57% replied that they were vaguely aware, and 20.82% stated that they were not aware.

Donald Trump’s upcoming trial

Donald Trump denies any wrongdoing and claims that Trump’s civil fraud trial was politically motivated. We posed a question to the respondent about whether they believed that Trump’s civil fraud trial could be politically motivated. While 39.45% said “yes,” 27.13% replied “no,” and 33.42% were unsure.

We also asked them if they thought Trump’s civil fraud trial’s outcome could lead to Trump losing some of his corporate holdings and properties. A group of 44.50% believed that would be the case, while 23.38% opposed it, and 32.12% of the group were unsure.

Respondent’s perspective on the possibility of Trump losing some of his corporate holdings and properties after the trial
Respondent’s perspective on the possibility of Trump losing some of his corporate holdings and properties after the trial

Another question posed in the survey was, “How might Trump’s civil fraud trial’s outcomes affect the long-term prospects of Donald Trump’s political career?” While 21.37% believed there would be no implications, 39.47% thought there would be only minimal implications. A section of 26.30% thought there would be some implications, and 12.87% were sure there would be significant implications.

Public’s view

A poll was conducted to determine how credible the public thought Donald Trump’s testimony would be. A majority of 31% felt that it was somewhat credible; close behind at 29.97% felt it was slightly credible, while 20.48% of the group thought it was highly credible, and 18.55% of the crowd believed it was not credible at all.

Public perception on the credibility of Donald Trump’s testimony
Public perception on the credibility of Donald Trump’s testimony

A company that was reportedly set up for Ivanka Trump and her brothers to reap a share of fees from some licensing agreements generated $2.6 million in income for her. In light of this information, we asked our poll-takers if they thought the creation of the company for Ivanka Trump and her brothers was appropriate. While 43.37% felt it was absolutely appropriate, 25.97% believed it was somewhat appropriate, 12.27% stated it was slightly appropriate, and 18.40% thought it was not appropriate at all.

Legislation was slightly needed to address caste-based discrimination in California, according to 40.84%. 29.42% said that it was somewhat needed, while 20.1% opposed it and stated that it wasn’t necessary at all. Only a small percentage of 9.64% claimed that it was extremely needed.

Opposition and Unfairness

California banning caste-based discrimination was met with fierce opposition from a number of Hindu American groups. They argued that “this divisive bill that still implicitly singles out/targets South Asians must be vetoed.”

Those groups questioned the seriousness of caste-based discrimination in North America and claimed that the legislation singles out Hindus.

When asked if they agreed with arguments made by some Hindu American groups that the legislation unfairly singles out Hindus, 48.73% agreed, 22.73% disagreed, 22.43% strongly agreed, and 6.11% strongly disagreed.

Effectiveness and Initiative

The survey revealed varying levels of confidence in the legislation’s potential to address caste-based discrimination effectively. 47.09% were slightly confident, 27.41% were somewhat confident, 19.58% expressed not being confident at all, and 5.92% were extremely confident.

Figure 3: Confidence in the legislation’s effectiveness in combating caste-based discrimination

A considerable 41.9% expressed willingness to get involved in supporting initiatives that aim to combat caste-based discrimination in their community, while 34.67% remained unsure, and 23.43% would not consider getting involved.


Survey TitleSurvey on Donald Trump’s Upcoming Trial
DurationNovember 4 – November 11, 2023
Number of Participants  6,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.