Two-thirds of Americans, including most Democrats, support an investigation into the Biden dossier.

President Biden sits in the Oval Office, pen in hand, lost in thought.

President Biden in the Oval Office on January 13th. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Ah New Yahoo News/YouGov Poll Nearly two-thirds (64%) of US adults support Congress. [President] Biden’s home and vice president’s office” — including a majority of Democrats (52%).

Only 16% of Americans and 27% of Democrats oppose such a survey.

This broad bipartisan consensus represents unwelcome news for the White House. Over the past two weeks, the White House has struggled to manage a steady trickle of additional documents discovered in various locations. “Top secret” material seized from his Mar-a-Lago mansion in 2022.

In contrast, newly empowered House Republicans would be vindicated by such numbers. demanded that all information be submitted to the administration It relates to documents containing records of visits from Biden’s home. (White House says no such visitor log exists for Biden’s Delaware residence.)

“There are a lot of questions,” Republican Rep. James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, said Sunday.

A survey of 1,538 U.S. adults conducted between Jan. 12 and Jan. 16 also shows that relatively few Americans are open to the main defense of the Democrat Biden. Far fewer (and less classified) documents than Trumpand returned them to the National Archives soon after their discovery ( summoned first).

“We want to maintain symmetry in our analysis of these situations and a sense of balance in the underlying crimes,” said Rep. Jamie Ruskin, Democrat of Maryland, said on CNN Sunday.

But even after hearing a brief account of the story, the National Archives said, “President Biden’s attorneys recently found a handful of classified documents in the offices Biden used after he served as vice president and in his home in Delaware.” I warned the library” – Only 31% of Americans say Biden’s document situation is “less serious” than Trump’s.

Far more people thought the two issues were “equally serious” (32%), and that Biden was “more serious” than President Trump (21%).

Reflecting that sense of equality – despite the controversy – Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special adviser last week To investigate Biden’s dossier, just like it did with Trump. The next day, the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), spoke out about what he described as “mishandling” of the president’s classified records and the Justice Department’s investigation into the matter. It launched the first formal congressional inquiry.

According to a Yahoo News/YouGov poll, this may so far be the most popular of the many polls vowed to launch now that House Republicans retain subpoena power. Investigation of documents found at Biden’s home and vice president’s office garners as much support (also 64%) as investigating “security of US southern border” and origins of COVID-19 pandemic It’s garnering more support than any other potential House investigation into. (59% for, 23% against); DOJ and her FBI and its own criminal investigation into Trump (53% for, 30% against). Hunter Biden (49% for, 31% against); US withdrawal from Afghanistan (49% for, 25% against).

The idea is much less popular – already Several right-wing House Republicans confessed — Biden should be impeached. Before mentioning the documents, Yahoo News and his YouGov asked respondents whether they were “for or against the impeachment of President Biden” (without giving specific reasons).

The results were predictably polarized, with slightly more Americans disagreeing (42%) than agreeing (38%). Republicans were strong against impeachment (68%) and Democrats were against (69%). This result may indicate that proposing impeachment (and expressing support for impeachment, regardless of the circumstances) has become a routine way for factions to punish their opponents. There is also

But these polarizing results highlight another key takeaway from the survey that could be more positive for Biden. Even most Democrats think the documents require further investigation, but Biden’s overall political standing is so far unimpaired as a result.

The approval rating for the president’s job among all Americans is 43% for and 49% against, a fundamental change from when it was 43% for and 50% against in mid-December. not. Biden, who has faced Trump in a possible 2024 presidential rematch, has a slight lead now (46% to 40%) than he did a month ago (45% to 41%). Biden has a low approval rating (44%) in a theoretical race against Trump’s main rival for the Republican nomination, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (42%), but in mid-December. After tying with DeSantis (43%), he still leads by 2 points. .

However, Mr. Biden needs to be careful. Last month, more Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said they preferred Mr. Biden (46%) to “someone else” (37%) as the 2024 Democratic nominee. More Democrats and Democrats now say they would prefer someone else (39%) to Mr. Biden (38%).

The number of Democrats and Democrats who answered “I don’t know” increased by 7 during the same period that Biden’s approval rating for this question dropped by 8%. As for Trump or DeSantis and his track record as president, the documentary situation may have revived uncertainty among Democrats about whether he will be their strongest presidential candidate in 2024. Absent.


The Yahoo News survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,538 US adults interviewed online January 12-16, 2023. The sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, education, voter turnout for the 2020 election, and presidential vote, baseline. Political party identification and current voter registration status. Demographic weighted targets are based on the 2019 American Community Survey. Baseline party identification is the most recent response from respondents given before March 15, 2022, weighted to the estimated distribution at that time (32% Democrat, 27% Republican). Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to represent all adults in the United States. The margin of error is approximately 2.7%.