Rasmussen Poll: Majority Says Media Buried Hunter Biden Story To Help Biden Get Elected

Posted on Fri 12/18/2020 by


By Tim Graham ~

A new Rasmussen Reports poll this week found that 52 percent of likely U.S. voters think many news organizations ignored the Hunter Biden story to help his father’s presidential campaign. Thirty-two percent disagreed and say they ignored it because they felt it was a partisan hit job. Seventeen percent (17%) were not sure.

Fifty-six percent believe it is likely Joe Biden was consulted about and perhaps profited from his son’s overseas business deals including at least one involving a company in mainland China. This includes 43 percent who say it’s “very likely,” while 38 percent said it was unlikely, including 22 percent who said it’s “not at all likely.”

The most optimistic Biden backers think he was successful in being completely ignorant of his son’s milking of the family name in foreign countries. The poll did not ask about the “family business” activities of Biden’s brothers Jim and Frank, or his son-in-law Howard Krein.

Seventy percent (70%) of voters say they have been closely following news reports about Hunter Biden’s business dealings, with 38% who have been following “very closely.” You can imagine Republicans are more likely to follow this “closely,” but 70 percent is too high a number to be “just” Republicans.

Among those who have been following “very closely,” 76% said the media deliberately ignored the story before Election Day to help Joe Biden, and 72 percent think the president-elect is likely to have been consulted about and perhaps profited from his son’s overseas dealings.

In our post-election Media Research Center poll of 1,750 voters in seven swing states, we found that a huge majority (82%) of Biden voters were unaware of at least one of eight potentially Biden-damaging items, with five percent saying they were unaware of all eight of the issues we tested.

A full 45.1% said they were unaware of the financial scandal enveloping Biden and his son, Hunter According to our poll, full awareness of the Hunter Biden scandal would have led 9.4% of Biden voters to abandon the Democratic candidate, flipping all six of the swing states he won to Trump, giving the President 311 electoral votes.

In addition,  in seven key swing states, we found one in seven Biden voters (14 percent) said they primarily relied on sites such as Facebook or Twitter for their election news.

Tim Graham is the Executive Editor at NewsBusters, and he is the Director of  Media Analysis at the Media Research Center. His career at the MRC began in February 1989 as associate editor of MediaWatch, the monthly newsletter of the MRC before the Internet era.

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