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Do most people approve of Hunter Biden's plea deal? Did you know he pleaded guilty?

Come on, admit it. You didn't know he pleaded guilty to anything. You're lucky to know what day of the week it is.


You think Clinton would have done that for Hillary? Hmmmmm.


Sorry, for our intellectually impaired readers, our President may have helped his son escape prosecution or other penalties for wrongdoing. I know I move pretty fast.


55% Disapprove of Hunter Biden’s ‘Sweetheart’ Plea Deal

Wednesday, July 05, 2023


A majority of voters disapprove of a plea bargain that kept Hunter Biden out of federal prison, and suspect favoritism for President Joe Biden’s son.


The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% of Likely U.S. Voters disapprove of the deal in which Hunter Biden agreed to plead guilty on charges that he violated federal tax and gun laws, including 41% who Strongly Disapprove. Thirty-seven percent (37%) approve of the plea bargain, including 19% who Strongly Approve. (To see survey question wording, click here.)


Under the agreement announced last month, Hunter Biden will plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges of failing to pay federal income taxes and get probation on a felony charge of illegally possessing a firearm as a drug user after he lied on a federal gun purchase form.


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Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters believe it is likely that Hunter Biden received favorable treatment from federal prosecutors because his father is the president, including 49% who say it’s Very Likely. Only 28% don’t think Hunter got favorable treatment, including 13% who believe it’s Not At All Likely.


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The survey of 1,054 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on June 28-29 and July 2, 2023 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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After the plea agreement became public, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said it shows there is a “two-tier system in America. If you are the president’s leading political opponent, the DOJ tries to literally put you in jail and give you prison time. But if you are the president’s son, you get a sweetheart deal."


Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters agree with McCarthy’s statement, including 42% who Strongly Agree. Thirty-five percent (35%) disagree, including 25% who Strongly Disagree.


Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans at least somewhat agree with McCarthy’s “two-tier system” quote, as do 37% of Democrats and 59% of voters not affiliated with either major party.


Sixty-three percent (63%) of Democrats at least somewhat approve of the plea deal for Hunter Biden, but only 18% of Republicans and 27% of unaffiliated voters approve. Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republican voters Strongly Disapprove of the deal, as do 45% of unaffiliated voters and 14% of Democrats.


Eighty-three percent (83%) of Republicans, 50% of Democrats and 68% of unaffiliated voters believe it’s at least somewhat likely that Hunter Biden received favorable treatment from federal prosecutors because his father is the president.

Men are more likely than women voters to agree with McCarthy that the “sweetheart deal” for Hunter Biden shows there is a “two-tier system.”


Sixty-six percent (66%) of whites, 56% of black voters and 74% of other minorities think it’s at least somewhat likely that Hunter Biden got favorable treatment because of his father. Black voters are less likely to agree with McCarthy’s quote criticizing the “sweetheart deal.”


Voters under 40 are more likely than their elders to approve of the plea deal that kept Hunter Biden out of prison. Only 24% of under-40 voters Strongly Disapprove of the deal, compared to 47% of those ages 40 to 64 and 50% of voters 65 and older.


Breaking down the electorate by income categories, 57% of voters in the highest bracket – earning more than $200,000 a year – at least somewhat approve of the plea deal for Hunter Biden, but less than 40% of those with annual incomes below $100,000 agree. College-educated voters are more likely to approve of the plea deal.


As might be expected, President Biden’s strongest supporters are least likely to think Hunter Biden got a “sweetheart deal.” Among voters who Strongly Approve of Biden’s job performance as president, 75% disagree with McCarthy’s quote about the deal showing a “two-tier system.” By contrast, among those who Strongly Disapprove of Biden’s performance, 80% Strongly Agree with the quote from McCarthy.


Republicans are more trusted to deal with corruption in government, especially among independent voters.


One year after the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, so that each state can now determine its own laws regarding abortion, a majority of voters approve the decision.

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