published : 2023-10-19

Increasing Numbers Suspect Biden Father-Son Duo of Illegal Activities

Poll reveals 40% believe Joe Biden engaged in wrongdoing in his son's business dealings

A photo of Joe Biden addressing a crowd during a campaign rally, taken with a Nikon D850.

The latest poll conducted by Beacon Research and Shaw & Company Research reveals a growing apprehension among voters regarding the potential illegality surrounding President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden's involvement in Hunter's foreign business dealings.

According to the survey, a staggering 52% of respondents believe that former President Donald Trump undertook illegal activities in relation to classified documents and his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Breaking down the numbers, a majority of Democrats, eighty-six percent, and over half of independents, fifty-three percent, perceive Trump's actions as illegal. However, among Republicans, the opinion is more divided, with eighteen percent labeling Trump's behavior as illegal, thirty-five percent considering it wrong but not illegal, and forty-five percent believing he did nothing wrong at all.

Turning the focus to the Bidens, the poll raises alarming concerns about Hunter Biden's alleged wrongdoings in his business dealings in Ukraine and China.

An all-time high of fifty-two percent of participants harbor suspicions regarding Hunter's actions, with this figure showing an increase of two percentage points since August and an astounding thirteen points since December 2022.

An image of Hunter Biden attending a business meeting in Ukraine, captured with a Canon EOS R5.

Upon analyzing the data, it becomes apparent that the unfavorable perception of Hunter's conduct is present across the political spectrum. Independents, Democrats, and Republicans are all more prone to believe that Hunter committed illegal acts since December. Independents' belief surged by eighteen points, Democrats' by thirteen points, and Republicans' by eleven points.

While a substantial portion, thirty-six percent, believe that Hunter's actions were unethical yet legally acceptable, this number has remained fairly consistent since December 2022, hovering between thirty-one and thirty-six percent.

In contrast, the proportion of respondents who believe that Hunter did nothing wrong has significantly plummeted from nineteen percent to a mere eight percent.

Concerning President Joe Biden, the survey indicates a five-point rise since December in the number of voters, now standing at forty percent, who deem his involvement in his son's foreign transactions as unlawful. In August, this figure was thirty-eight percent, and in December 2022, it was thirty-five percent.

Delving deeper into the data reveals an increased suspicion among independents, indicating a thirteen-point rise, and Republicans, indicating a seven-point rise. Conversely, Democrats' views have only shifted by two points.

A picture of Donald Trump giving a speech at a political event, photographed with a Sony A7 III.

Twenty-nine percent of participants perceive President Biden's involvement as unethical yet not criminal, while twenty-eight percent believe he did nothing wrong, slightly higher than the twenty-four percent who held the same view about Trump.

Though over half of the respondents believe that both Donald Trump and Hunter Biden are being treated fairly by the legal system, an intriguing distinction emerges when analyzing the data closely.

A significant majority, sixty-eight percent, feel that Hunter is being treated impartially, whereas only fifty-five percent hold the same view about Trump. Conversely, forty-four percent believe that Trump is being treated unfairly, compared to twenty-five percent who believe the same about Hunter.

The perception of fairness varies widely across party lines. A staggering ninety percent of Democrats believe Trump is being treated impartially, while an equally astounding eighty percent of Republicans consider his treatment as unjust. Independents lean towards perceiving fairness, with a sixteen-point margin favoring impartiality by fifty-six percent to forty percent.

Conducted from October 6-9, 2023, the poll encompassed 1,007 registered voters chosen randomly from a voter file. Notably, the participants engaged with live interviewers via both landlines and cellphones. The poll exhibits a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all registered voters.