In a recent CNN poll, a significant portion of Americans expressed their belief that President Joe Biden had some involvement in his son Hunter Biden’s business transactions in Ukraine and China during his tenure as Vice President under the Obama administration.
The survey, conducted by SSRS, found that 61% of respondents felt Biden played a role in these dealings. Of these, 42% believed his involvement was illegal, while 18% deemed it unethical but not necessarily unlawful. Conversely, 38% of those polled believed Biden had no part in his son’s business activities, and a mere 1% felt he was involved but did nothing wrong.
The poll also touched upon the public’s perception of President Biden’s response to the ongoing investigation into Hunter Biden’s potential criminal activities. 55% of respondents felt the President’s actions concerning the investigation were inappropriate, while 44% believed he acted correctly.
The timing of this poll is noteworthy, as it was conducted prior to special counsel David Weiss’s announcement of his intention to seek an indictment against Hunter Biden on gun-related charges by month’s end. President Biden has consistently denied any involvement in his son’s business activities. Moreover, no concrete evidence has been presented by House Oversight Republicans to suggest the President gained any personal benefits from these dealings.
The poll results also highlighted a clear partisan divide. A mere one-third of Democrats believed Biden had any involvement in his son’s business or that he acted improperly concerning the investigation. On the other hand, a vast majority of Republicans (76%) believed Biden acted unlawfully in relation to his son’s business activities, and 90% felt he behaved inappropriately regarding the subsequent investigation. Among Independents, 64% believed Biden had some involvement in his son’s business during his vice presidency, but only 39% felt his actions were illegal. About 52% of Independents believed he acted inappropriately concerning the investigation.
The survey, which took place from August 25-31, included 1,503 adults and has a margin of error of ±3.5 points.