Republicans and Democrats tend to agree on almost nothing nowadays, but there are some exeptions. One of these notable exceptions is that the majority of Americans, regardless of political afffiliation, want a special prosecutor to investigate Hunter Biden.
The president’s son is embroiled in a series of controversies related to his alleged shady business dealings abroad, tax fraud allegations, and other trouble with the law.
His dealings with Ukrainian company Burisma and CEFC China Energy, coupled with the FBI’s ongoing money-laundering investigation since 2019, have long had the president’s son in the eye of the storm.
Despite the fact that the FBI investigation has been going on for more than a year, as of December 2020 Hunter Biden admitted that the feds have an open case against him.
“I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,” Hunter Biden said in a statement. “I take this matter very seriously, but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs lawfully and properly, including for the benefit of professional tax advisors.”
TIPP Insights conducted a poll in which it asked Americans whether “Should a special counsel be appointed to investigate Hunter Biden?”
According to the survey, there are two streams of thought to answer this question. The first: “The reason for the appointment is that President Biden’s own Justice Department is investigating his family members for conduct that may also implicate the sitting President, creating a conflict of interest that necessitates a special prosecutor’s appointment.” The second is that, quite simply, “the case may not warrant a special prosecutor’s appointment.”
Before leaving the Department of Justice, former Attorney General Bill Barr, once a great Trump ally, said he saw no need to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the current president’s son.
“I think it’s being handled responsibly and professionally currently within the department, and to this point, I have seen no reason to appoint a special counsel, and I have no plan to do so before I leave,” Barr told reporters at the time.
Under these two premises, citizens were asked what they thought, and the poll yielded strong results: 85% of Republicans, 65% of Democrats and 66% of independents agree that Hunter’s case should be handled by a special prosecutor outside the Justice Department.
Why Republicans and Democrats want a special prosecutor for Hunter Biden?
The macro results of the poll are as follows: 42% of all respondents “agree” that a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate Hunter Biden; 26% “somewhat agree” with the same premise; only 7% said they “somewhat disagree”; 6% said they “strongly disagree”; and 18% said they did not know what to decide.
Rounding out the numbers, 68% of respondents tend to agree that Hunter Biden should be investigated by a special prosecutor. Meanwhile, only 13% tend to disagree, outnumbered even by the number of undecideds.
While most Democrats and Republicans agree that the case should not be handled by the Biden administration, they differ in their reasons.
“Democrats may want to see the Bidens acquitted by an independent counsel to find closure on the issue; Republicans may see the issue as presenting a window of opportunity to study Biden family affairs. Either way, the public has clearly stated they support the appointment of a special counsel.”
TIPP Insights said, “The nationwide study had a sample of 1,436 Americans, ages 18 and older, and TechnoMetrica’s network of panel partners provided the study sample. Upon completion of the study, TechnoMetrica weighted the data set by gender, age, race, education and geographic region to reflect known benchmarks such as the U.S. Census.”