Half of Americans think Biden got special treatment in document investigation: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Written by Jason Lange

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly half of Americans believe the president is the president Joe Biden He got special treatment when federal prosecutors decided last week that they would not prosecute him on charges of mishandling classified documents, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

About 53% of respondents, including 29% of Democrats, in the four-day poll that concluded on Monday agreed with the statement that “Biden received special treatment because he is the president of the United States.”

About half – or 46% – of respondents said they were at least somewhat aware of US Special Counsel Robert Hoare’s comments that a Biden trial would be difficult because Biden, 81, could present himself to the jury “as sympathetic and well-intentioned.” And he’s old.” A man with a weak memory.”

Biden criticized the Hoare report, which indicated that the president suffers from memory loss.

The poll results highlight potential critical weaknesses Biden faces as he seeks re-election. About 78% of survey participants – including 71% of Democrats – believe that Biden, who is already the oldest person ever to occupy the Oval Office, is too old to work in government.

Trump, his potential rival in the November elections, is 77 years old, but he suffers less from voters’ doubts about his age. Only 53% of participants consider Trump, who assumed the presidency from 2017-2021, to be too old to work in government.

The poll also suggests there is potential room for Trump to undermine the Biden campaign’s strategy of drawing attention to Trump’s myriad legal problems.

Trump faces four criminal indictments and dozens of charges, but he claims innocence on all charges against him. He said that the government’s failure to prosecute Biden is evidence that the judicial system is trying to derail his presidential campaign.

Biden’s lawyers reported finding documents in his home and office that he took with him at the end of his 2009-2017 term as Vice President under Democratic President Barack Obama.

About 64% of participants, including 50% of Democrats, considered it plausible that Biden had illegally taken the information. A similar percentage of respondents — 68% — said they considered it plausible that Trump also mishandled classified documents, a charge that was the focus of one of the indictments against him.

However, Biden remains neck-and-neck with Trump among voters in a potential head-to-head race, a sign that his weaknesses over his legal issues and age could be offset by the risks facing Trump’s campaign.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll surveyed 1,237 American adults across the country from February 9-12. The poll’s margin of error was about 3 percentage points in either direction.

(Reporting by Jason Lange, Editing by Scott Malone and Lincoln Feast.)

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