54% of Voters Say Joe Biden Was Likely in on Hunter’s Business Deals, Even Though Nets Have Refused to Report Scandal

By Craig Bannister | October 27, 2020 | 4:50pm EDT
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A majority of voters believe it’s likely that, while vice president, Joe Biden knew about and may have benefitted from his son Hunter’s controversial foreign business dealings, a new Rasmussen poll shows.

In a national survey of U.S. likely voters, conducted October 22 and 25, 2020, Rasmussen asked the following question:

“How likely is it that Joe Biden was consulted about and perhaps profited from his son Hunter's overseas business deals including at least one involving a company in mainland China?”

More than half (54%) of voters polled say it’s at least “somewhat likely” Biden knew and may have profited, with 44% calling it “very likely.”

Another 17% say it’s “not very likely,” while 21% consider it “not at all likely.” Eight percent (8%) aren’t sure.

A majority of government workers (53%) say it’s very likely and 62% think it’s at least somewhat likely Joe Biden knew and benefitted. Likewise, 56% of entrepreneurs believe it’s very likely and 66% say it’s at least somewhat so.

The 54% of all U.S. voters who believe that former Vice President Joe Biden knew about and may have profited from his son’s foreign business deals do so even though network news (ABC, NBC, CBS) shows have refused to report the scandal.

Out of 113 hours of network news coverage reviewed, fewer than 22 minutes discussed the Hunter Biden scandal and its potential ties to Joe Biden, NewsBusters analysis reveals:

“Since the morning of October 14, when the New York Post published new evidence of Hunter Biden’s corrupt business dealings with Ukraine and Joe Biden’s potential knowledge of it, the broadcast nets have buried the allegations. Even when journalists mentioned the story, they devoted much of their time to knocking it down.

“From Wednesday, October 14 through the morning of October 27 MRC analysts looked at the ABC, CBS, NBC evening and morning shows and their Sunday roundtable programs. Out of a total of 113 hours of news programming, there was less than 22 minutes (21 minutes, 46 seconds) spent on the latest scandals involving Joe Biden’s son.”

As has reported, the scandal involves emails on a laptop reported by The New York Post to have belonged to Hunter Biden indicating he was cashing in on his father’s position as vice president at the time:

“One email says that Joe Biden did meet with a Ukrainian oligarch, a meeting arranged by his son, despite Joe Biden's denials that he had done so. And other emails suggest that Hunter may have planned to bring his father – ‘the big guy’ -- into a lucrative deal with a Chinese energy firm.”

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