Seven in 10 New Hampshire voters who are aware of the controversy over President Biden’s classified documents say they believe the president acted inappropriately, according to a new poll in the crucial general election swing state of Northeast New Hampshire.
Only 12% of respondents to the University of New Hampshire Poll Center poll said Biden acted appropriately, with 18% unsure.
The survey was conducted from January 19 to 23, both before and after FBI agents found a third cache of misplaced classified documents inside Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware. Since the initial disclosure by the president’s lawyers on January 12, a total of four batches of improperly stored classified documents have been reported, including one discovered in the Washington offices of the Penn Biden Center in November, shortly before the midterm election. period.
Last Friday’s Department of Justice search in Wilmington resulted in the seizure of six items with classification marks. While previous batches of classified documents date from Biden’s time as vice president, this fourth batch comes from his time in the Senate.
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Although Biden has emphasized that “there is nothing there” and has cooperated with federal investigators, the controversy has become a political liability as the president prepares to launch a re-election campaign expected in 2024, weakening his case that he has professionalism restored. to the White House after the unconventional and combustible tenure of his predecessor, former President Trump.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special counsel to investigate any possible wrongdoing by the president. A separate investigation by a special counsel is already underway into the dozens of classified documents discovered last year at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.
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According to the poll, 35% of New Hampshire voters surveyed said Biden’s handling of classified documents is somewhat or much worse than Trump’s situation. Nearly one in five said both cases were equally problematic, while 45% said Trump’s case was more egregious.
“Independents are split: 36% say Biden’s handling was worse and 38% say Trump’s handling was worse,” the UNH statement said.
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The poll was conducted before news broke that former Vice President Mike Pence had informed Congress that he discovered documents with classified marks from his time as vice president at his Carmel, Indiana, home on January 16.
According to the UNH poll, Biden’s standing among Granite State voters sits at 42% approval and 56% disapproval, and the president’s approval rating is down five points from the previous poll, which was conducted in October.
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In addition to being the state that held the first presidential primary in the race for the White House in the past century, New Hampshire is also a crucial state on the general election battleground. Biden carried the state and its four electoral votes by seven points in the 2020 presidential election.
The survey questioned 892 respondents in New Hampshire, with an overall sampling error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.