Poll: More Believe Biden’s Accuser Than Biden
Joe Biden has yet to address the sexual assault allegation against him made by Tara Reade – though his campaign has been playing damage control on his behalf.
The media has been helping Biden too by omission. While Reade’s allegations have long existed, they didn’t get a second of airtime until audio recently surfaced from a 1993 Larry King Live episode corroborating her story – and a former neighbor and colleague of Reade came forward to lend credibility to her story. In total, five others have corroborated Reade’s story.
Despite that, a story as pointless as covering Mike Pence not wearing a facemask has managed to garner three times the coverage in the mainstream media as Reade’s allegations.
The media doesn’t want to touch the story, and neither does Biden. Common sense would dictate that’s because they know the American public isn’t going to buy Biden’s defense – which already seems to increasingly be the case.
According to Rasmussen Reports:
- The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 34% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Tara Reade’s accusation that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993. The likely Democratic presidential nominee has denied the claim, but only 24% think he is telling the truth. A sizable 41%, however, is undecided.
Of course there’s an obvious disclaimer when it comes to few thinking that Biden has told the truth because Biden has yet to even address the allegations. Bernie Sanders (who suspended his campaign) and numerous potential Biden VP picks have been asked about them – but not Biden himself.
Perhaps it’s that silence leading them to believe that Biden has something to hide – or that any future defense will be a lie.
- Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters say they have been following recent news reports about the allegation against Biden, although only 26% have been following Very Closely. Among voters who have been following Very Closely, 60% think the accuser is telling the truth.
- Voters aren’t surprised that most major media outlets have largely ignored the Biden story which broke earlier this month, a stark contrast to the blanket coverage given to Kavanaugh’s accusers during his Senate confirmation hearings. Just 30% think the media is likely to cover the allegation against Biden as much as they did those against Kavanaugh. A plurality (45%) disagrees and says the media is unlikely to cover the Biden story as much. Twenty-five percent (25%) are not sure.
This is just more bad news for Biden, and he can’t ignore it forever.