The United States is divided over the Republican impeachment probe of Democrat President Joe Biden, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll completed on Thursday, with a solid plurality of Americans supporting the idea.
Perhaps one of the most important findings: Amid an unsurprising partisan divide on the issue, independents – so vital to the coming presidential election – are much more evenly split as they wrestle with the pros and cons of an impeachment proceeding.
Some 41% of respondents said they supported the idea of Congress opening an impeachment investigation into Biden related to allegations involving his son Hunter Biden, while 35% were opposed and 24% said they were not sure.
The online poll of 4,413 Americans was conducted from Sept. 8 through Thursday, meaning that some respondents answered the question before Republicans in the House of Representatives said on Tuesday they would actually go ahead with the investigation.
The polling also preceded the announcement of new gun charges against Hunter.
Republicans say they have found a “culture of corruption” around the business activities of Biden’s son Hunter Biden that justifies an investigation. The White House says the probe is a political stunt that has produced no concrete evidence and isn’t backed up by facts.
The poll results found a sharp partisan divide. Only 18% of Democrats supported the inquiry, while 71% of Republicans backed it. Likewise, 63% of Democrats and 14% of Republicans said they did not support it.
Self-described independents were more evenly divided, though, with 38% supporting the probe and 30% opposing it and 32% unsure.
The investigation could lead to an impeachment vote by the Republican-controlled House. Biden would not be removed from office unless two-thirds of the Democrat-controlled Senate votes to convict.
Biden’s son Hunter pursued a wide range of foreign business ventures and has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. He was criminally charged on Thursday with deceiving a gun dealer into selling him a firearm, in the first-ever indictment of a sitting president’s child.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 46% of respondents believed that criminal charges were politically motivated, while 40% thought they were not.
Previous polls have found that many Americans believe Hunter Biden has received special treatment.
The poll has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Newsmax contributed to this report.
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