by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
As the Biden corruption probe broadens, and more evidence comes to the fore of possible bribery of the Biden family by foreign powers, a question arises: What do Americans think should be done if the allegations are true? The overwhelming response: Biden should leave or be removed from office and not run again, the latest I&I/TIPP Poll shows.
In an earlier story we wondered: “If any of these charges are shown to be true, can Biden weather the ensuing political storm? Or will he face a choice of impeachment or resignation, a la Richard Nixon, and thereby force the Democrats to find a new standard bearer in 2024?”
In our online poll of 1,341 adults taken from July 5-7, with a margin of error of +/-2.7 percentage points, we answered that question: Biden is not likely to weather the political storm.
A strong majority of 63% in our poll suggested that President Joe Biden should either be impeached (33%) or resign immediately (30%) if the charges prove true. Just 20% said Biden should “Stay in office and run again in 2024, if he wishes.” Another 17% said they weren’t sure.
Broken down further, the data suggest big political trouble lurking for Biden as more revelations emerge from ongoing congressional and Justice Department investigations.
It’s no surprise that 85% of Republicans think Biden should be impeached (53%) or quit (32%) if the charges prove true.
Any presidential candidate in 2024 must have electoral support from independents to win. However, independents break 64% for Biden’s removal from office through impeachment (33%) or resignation (31%). Another 15% say he should be able to run again, while 21% say they’re “not sure.”
But it’s within his own party that Biden will truly have a tough time making a case for a second term. Democrats, by a plurality of 45% (impeach or resign) to 35% (stay in office and run again), believe it would be best for Biden to leave office either by being impeached (19%) or by resigning (26%) if the charges prove true, which seems increasingly likely.