Cohen’s Trump Trial Testimony Finds a Skeptical Electorate

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Key Takeaways

  • Michael Cohen’s testimony in the Trump hush money trial sees many American voters continue to question his credibility. 
  • While Democrats are more likely to accept his evidence against Trump, many question his credibility in having worked with Trump to begin with. 
  • Republican voters are more likely to dismiss and question the substance of Cohen’s testimony, viewing him as a backstabber and opportunist. 

Our Methodology


All Voters

Sample Size


Geographical Breakdown


Time Period

7 Days

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Michael Cohen, former personal attorney and fixer for Donald Trump, has been a controversial figure. After pleading guilty to charges including campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud, many Americans view him with skepticism. His testimony in cases related to Trump has further cemented his divisive perception.

Once a loyal attorney to Donald Trump, Cohen turned into a significant adversary after pleading guilty to several charges, including campaign finance violations linked to hush money payments. His credibility is one of the top issues voters cite as a reason for disliking him.

While his testimony could provide critical insights into Trump's alleged misconduct, the polarized political climate means reactions are likely to split along partisan lines. Democrats might view his testimony as crucial and validating their concerns about Trump. Republicans might view Cohen as a disgruntled former employee leveraging legal troubles to reduce his own penalties.

  • Sentiment toward Trump on his legal challenges has remained steady in the last two weeks both nationally and in swing states. However, sentiment is slightly higher nationally.
  • Approval towards Trump on allegations by Cohen and others remains in the high 40% range nationally. In swing states, sentiment on allegations dipped as low as 31% in the last two weeks.

Partisan Views Hold Strong

Trump Supporters

Among staunch Trump supporters, Cohen is seen as a betrayer, someone who turned against Trump to save himself. This group dismisses his testimony as self-serving and unreliable. They focus more on perceived injustices against Trump and the idea of a judicial system is being weaponized against him.

Conservatives and Trump supporters largely view Cohen as unreliable and motivated by personal grievances or a desire for revenge. They are likely to view his testimony as another episode in a politically motivated attack orchestrated by Democrats and the media.

Democrats and Anti-Trumpers

Voters critical of Trump are more likely to view Cohen's testimony as a confirmation of suspected illegal activities and unethical behavior. They consider Cohen's insights legitimate, especially if they align with other evidence. Even if they don’t find Cohen personally credible, they’re more willing to believe allegations against Trump.

This group tends to consider Cohen's insider knowledge and detailed accounts of the alleged hush money arrangements as crucial evidence of wrongdoing by Trump. They view Cohen more favorably, seeing his testimony as a form of accountability.

Independents and the Apolitical

Moderate reactions can be pivotal. Their view on Cohen's testimony might hinge on the overall narrative presented during the trial, the corroborative evidence, and how both parties frame the testimony. The impact on this demographic is less predictable and could sway based on the trial's proceedings and media portrayal.

Overall, Cohen's testimony may impact public opinion significantly, even as it remains polarized. For many, it reinforces existing beliefs about Trump's unsuitability for office. Others underscore beliefs about a biased legal system targeting conservative figures. The ultimate influence on electoral politics will depend on developments in the legal case and how both parties leverage this issue in their narratives.

Skepticism Toward Michael Cohen

Among those who view Cohen with suspicion and distrust, there are several arguments against his credibility.

Criminal Convictions

Cohen’s guilty plea on multiple charges, including lying to Congress, directly impacts his public image. His admitted dishonesty in legal matters leads many to question the truthfulness of his statements against Trump and others.

Motivations for Testifying

Skeptics argue Cohen turning against Trump was motivated by personal vendettas or a strategic move to reduce his sentence rather than a genuine attempt to expose wrongdoing.

Inconsistencies in Statements

Changes in Cohen’s statements before and after his legal troubles have led to doubts about his consistency and honesty. Critics point to these shifts as evidence his testimony is tailored to protect himself or inflict damage on Trump.

Media and Public Persona

Cohen's frequent media appearances and publication of a book about his experiences with Trump are seen by some as attempts to profit from the scandal. This commercialization of his insider knowledge casts doubts on his intentions.

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