Rarely are Americans afforded with such a succinct and near-perfect comparison between the way the media treats Democrats versus how they treat Republicans, but these are unique times for the USA.
Just months ago, the nation was shocked to learn that the FBI had raided former President Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, looking for allegedly classified documents. Trump has repeatedly insisted that the documents in question were declassified, but his lawyers have yet to resort to suggesting this in court as of this writing.
Then just days ago, a number of classified documents were discovered in the possession of President Joe Biden – and at several different properties.
Now, a new poll is explaining just how Americans feel about the dueling controversies…and it appears as though we’ve begun to cut through some of the media’s spin.
Strong majorities of Americans believe that both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump acted inappropriately when it came to their handling of classified documents, but in weighing their severity, a plurality of the public believes Trump’s actions were more serious, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds.
Over three-quarters of the public, 77%, feel that Trump acted inappropriately in the way he handled classified files, while 64%, say the same of Biden. Condemnation expectedly aligns along party lines, with 96% of Democrats saying that Trump’s handling of classified documents was not appropriate compared to 47% of Republicans.
More than eight in 10 independents (83%), believe that Trump’s behavior was inappropriate, per the ABC News/Ipsos poll conducted using Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel.
Reaction to Biden’s actions on this matter similarly varies by party, with 89% of Republicans saying that Biden’s handling of classified documents was not appropriate compared to 38% of Democrats and two-thirds of independents (66%).
The mainstream’s media’s attempts to downplay the Biden documents scandal don’t appear to be working, and there doesn’t appear to be any way for the left to use Trump’s document controversy against him in 2024.