POLL: Most Americans think Congress should investigate Biden documents
A majority of Democrats—52%—are among the 64% of adults that believe the incident should be investigated. In contrast, 27% of Democrats oppose such an investigation
January 19, 2023 9:18am
Updated: January 20, 2023 8:17am
Two-thirds of Americans think Congress should investigate the classified documents found at President Joe Biden’s home and former office, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll.
A majority of Democrats—52%—are among the 64% of adults that believe the incident should be investigated. In contrast, 27% of Democrats oppose such an investigation.
Biden’s lawyers found the classified documents from Biden’s time as vice president in early November in his former private office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington.
Many of the “top secret” documents included U.S. intelligence materials and briefing memos about Ukraine, Iran, and the United Kingdom, according to a source familiar with the matter.
A second batch of sensitive documents was found last week in the president’s home in Wilmington, Delaware. Most of the new documents were found in storage in Biden’s garage; another was found in “an adjacent room.”
However, the Yahoo News/YouGov poll that surveyed 1,538 U.S. adults from January 12 to 16 also showed that Biden’s job approval rating did not change from mid-December, with 43% of Americans approving and 49% disapproving.
A separate poll published by Quinnipiac University on Wednesday shows that most Americans see Biden’s handling of the classified documents as inappropriate. The poll found that 84% of Republicans and 60% of independents think the president mishandled the documents, while only 38% of Democrats think he handled them inappropriately.
Seventy-one percent of Americans think that the discovery of the documents in Biden’s possession is a serious issue. However, less than half of the 1,380 respondents think it should lead to criminal charges.