In a series of recent polls, an increasing number of voters have expressed their belief that President Joe Biden was somehow involved in his family’s foreign business deals. Despite repeated denials from Joe Biden and his communications team, the public perception seems to be shifting towards the notion that the President played a role in these ventures. The polls conducted by reputable organizations shed light on this growing sentiment.
According to a poll conducted by Rasmussen in April 2022, 58 percent of voters believed that Joe Biden had a role in his family’s business dealings. This number increased to 62 percent in a September 2022 poll by the same organization, which suggested that voters thought Biden likely consulted and may have profited from the deals. Although a February poll by Harvard Cap/Harris showed a slight dip, with 62 percent of voters believing Biden “participated” in the family’s business deals, the most recent Harvard/HarrisX poll released in June indicated a further increase to 66 percent.
Over the course of several years, Joe Biden and his communication team have consistently denied any involvement in the family’s business. On numerous occasions, Biden explicitly stated that he had never discussed overseas business dealings with his son, Hunter Biden. During the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden stated, “I’ve never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” while redirecting attention to investigations regarding then-President Trump.
Joe Biden: “I’ve never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings. Here’s what I know — I know Trump deserves to be investigated… You should be looking at Trump. Trump’s doing this because he knows I’ll beat him like a drum.” https://t.co/yrMdiaBli8 pic.twitter.com/yGhipRo1ew
— The Hill (@thehill) September 21, 2019
Biden’s campaign spokesman, Andrew Bates, reiterated these claims, stating that Joe Biden had never considered being involved in business with his family or any overseas business arrangements. The campaign also emphasized that Biden had never held stock in such enterprises, nor had any family member or other person held stock on his behalf.
However, Republican lawmakers have alleged that Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company, paid Joe Biden a $5 million bribe as part of a pay-for-play scheme. These lawmakers claim that Zlochevsky possesses two audio recordings as insurance to secure this alleged deal. While these allegations remain unverified, they contribute to the growing public skepticism surrounding Biden’s business dealings.
The timing of the polls coincides with the House Oversight Committee’s ongoing probe into what Chairman James Comer (R-KY) has described as the “Biden family influence-peddling schemes.” Comer announced that the committee would be summoning additional witnesses for depositions to further investigate these allegations. However, he noted that the committee faces obstacles from the FBI, DOJ, Democrats in Congress, and what he referred to as the mainstream media.
“The media have spent precisely zero seconds covering the Biden family corruption over a four day period earlier this month. That’s according to a brand new analysis from @NewsBusters” – @kayleighmcenany hosting #FoxNewsTonight. Study by @GCDickens: https://t.co/objLQ8CkCz pic.twitter.com/HvDQLw8k2x
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) June 20, 2023