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More Voters Approve of Special Counsel Looking into Biden’s Handling of Classified Documents than into Trump’s

Craig Bannister | January 20, 2023 | 10:33am EST
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U.S. likely voters are far more supportive of the U.S. special counsel investigation of President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents than they are of the special counsel probe of former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents, results of two national Rasmussen Reports surveys reveal.

While 77% of voters at least somewhat approve of last week’s appointment of Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert Hurr to investigate Biden’s handling of classified documents found in his Delaware home and at a private D.C. office, Rasmussen reported last month that 50% said they approved of the appointment of Special Counsel Jack Smith to look into Trump. Smith was appointed to probe both Trump’s handling of classified documents found in his Florida home, as well as the former president’s efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election.

In the latest survey, conducted January 15-17, 2023, half (49%) say they “strongly approve” of the special counsel’s investigation of Biden and just 14% at least “somewhat” disapprove. Even 73% of Democrat likely voters and 66% of unaffiliated voters at least somewhat approve of appointing the special counsel.

Last December 28-29, when Rasmussen asked likely voters if they approved or disapproved of U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointing Special Counsel Smith to investigate Trump, half approved, 33% strongly.

In the same survey, 61% of voters said the investigation into Trump was probably politically-motivated, with 44% calling it “very likely.”

What’s more, according to last week’s survey, half of voters believe that Biden has committed impeachable offenses.

“How likely is it that, since he became president, Joe Biden has committed ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ that would justify impeachment proceedings against him?” the survey asked.

Fully 51% said it’s at least somewhat likely, including 34% who called it very likely. Even a third (34%) of Democrat voters said Biden has probably committed impeachable deeds, including 20% who called it very likely.

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