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If Corruption Charges Prove True, Nearly 2/3 Agree ‘Joe Must Go’: I&I/TIPP Poll

Selling the Biden brand.

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As further revelations of apparent corruption by President Joe Biden emerge from a congressional investigation, the mainstream media have largely responded with a yawn. But not voters. They overwhelmingly agree that Biden should either resign or be impeached immediately if corruption charges are proved true, the latest I&I/TIPP Poll reveals.

Given the ongoing nature of both Congress’ investigation and its revelations, I&I/TIPP in recent months has asked those who answer the poll to respond to the following: “A congressional committee claims it has strong evidence that President Biden and his family took millions of dollars in bribes from foreign nations.”

The statement continues by saying, “If those claims turn out to be true, President Biden should” followed by five possible responses: “Resign immediately,” “Be impeached and removed from office,” “Be allowed to finish his term in office, but not run again,” “Run again in 2024, regardless of the findings,” and “Not sure.”

How did voters respond? 62% said Biden should either quit (24%) or be impeached (38%), while just 25% overall said he should finish out his term but not run again (14%) or run again in 2024, regardless of the corruption findings (11%). Another 12% answered “Not sure.”

The most recent I&I/TIPP national online poll was taken from Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and included 1,402 adults, with a +/-2.7 percentage-point margin of error.

Again, the responses were somewhat lopsided when it came to political affiliation, with 82% of Republicans and 65% of independents agreeing that Biden should either quit or be impeached.

But even the response of Democrats can be of little comfort to the Biden presidential campaign: 42% of his own party agree with Republicans and independent majorities that Biden should resign or be impeached, while another 22% say they’re “not sure,” for a solid majority of 56% at minimum not wanting him to run again.

That compares to the 44% of Dems who say he should finish his term and not run in 2024, or run anyway in 2024.

There’s more bad news for Democrats from many of their traditionally strong support constituencies. That includes African Americans (48%, a plurality), Hispanic Americans (64%), self-described “moderates” (59%), women (64%) and urban voters (53%), all for Biden either quitting or being impeached for proven corruption.

The poll has shown remarkable stability since first asked in August of last year. Then a 67% majority agreed that Biden should either be impeached (43%) or resign (24%) if the corruption charges proved true. Just 15% said he should finish his term, while 8% said “Run again in 2024,” regardless. “Not sure” was picked by 17%.

The results have changed little since then. In January, 62% said Biden should either resign (25%) or be impeached (37%), with 42% of Democrats, 84% of Republicans and 62% of independents in agreement that Joe must go.

January’s numbers are little different than February’s.

Despite repeated insistence by the White House that Biden has nothing to do with the family’s financial chicanery, Americans see smoke, and suspect fire. After the first revelations of Biden’s financial irregularities emerged years ago, again met by indifference from the mainstream media, what was a trickle has now become a flood.

Hardly a day or a week goes by without yet another revelation of large sums of money, sometimes in the millions of dollars, being mysteriously transferred to Biden family members or companies they are allied with from foreign sources. Many of those sources include officials with companies having ties to less-than-friendly governments, in particular Russia and China.

For the record, the House Oversight Committee has posted a lengthy, and detailed, timeline of allegations of influence peddling by then-Vice President Biden and his family members, including son Hunter to brother James Biden. Hearings are ongoing.

In February, Congress heard testimony from former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski, a retired naval officer turned international businessman. The testimony, on its face, is devastating for the president’s denials of involvement in the family’s business affairs.

“I want to be crystal clear,” Bobulinski told Congress. “From my direct personal experience and what I’ve subsequently come to learn, it is clear to me that Joe Biden was the brand being sold by the Biden family.”

Bobulinski, who worked for a number of years putting together a joint venture between the Biden family and a Chinese energy company linked to the communist government, claims the Biden family was engaged in “serious corruption.

Meanwhile, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., has found plentiful as-yet-unexplained evidence linking payments from foreign sources to Joe Biden and as many as nine members of his family.

According to the New York Post, Comer has “gathered evidence through bank records of millions of dollars from China, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Kazakhstan being laundered through multiple shell companies for the Biden family, and jaw-dropping testimony from Hunter’s former business partners of Joe’s meetings with Hunter’s foreign benefactors right before big payments dropped.”

Things got worse days later in February after James Biden told the House Oversight and Judiciary committees that he had nothing to do with the proposed joint venture between SinoHawk, which was 50% owned by the Biden family and several other investors, and CEFC China Energy Limited, which is tied to China’s communist government.

However, “after investigators showed him an agreement that featured his signature alongside those of Hunter Biden and his business partners, James Biden then told legislators that he did not remember signing the agreement,” the Daily Caller reported.

In yet another example of possible undue influence, earlier this month it was revealed that James Biden used Joe Biden’s name to push a now-bankrupt health-care company called Americore.

In an email obtained by Politico, “Jim Biden invoked his brother’s name and clout in the course of his work with Americore, which has since gone bankrupt, wreaking havoc in rural communities in the process.”

That’s not the worst of it. Kentucky’s attorney general is now investigating the Americore collapse, which “wired $200,000 to James Biden the same day he wrote a check for that amount to his brother and future president Joe Biden,” reported The Daily Signal.

The developments that suggest, at minimum, influence peddling just keep coming. The big question is, will growing public anger over signs of corruption force President Biden out of office?

I&I/TIPP publishes timely, unique, and informative data each month on topics of public interest. TIPP’s reputation for polling excellence comes from being the most accurate pollster for the past five presidential elections.

Terry Jones is an editor of Issues & Insights. His four decades of journalism experience include serving as national issues editor, economics editor, and editorial page editor for Investor’s Business Daily.

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