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If He Was Bribed, Biden Must Go, Majority Says: I&I/TIPP Poll

As the Biden corruption probe broadens, and more evidence comes to the fore of possible bribery of the Biden family by foreign powers, a question arises: What do Americans think should be done if the allegations are true? The overwhelming response: Biden should leave or be removed from office and not run again, the latest I&I/TIPP Poll shows.

In an earlier story we wondered: “If any of these charges are shown to be true, can Biden weather the ensuing political storm? Or will he face a choice of impeachment or resignation, a la Richard Nixon, and thereby force the Democrats to find a new standard bearer in 2024?”

In our online poll of 1,341 adults taken from July 5-7, with a margin of error of +/-2.7 percentage points, we answered that question: Biden is not likely to weather the political storm.

A strong majority of 63% in our poll suggested that President Joe Biden should either be impeached (33%) or resign immediately (30%) if the charges prove true. Just 20% said Biden should “Stay in office and run again in 2024, if he wishes.” Another 17% said they weren’t sure.

Broken down further, the data suggest big political trouble lurking for Biden as more revelations emerge from ongoing congressional and Justice Department investigations.

It’s no surprise that 85% of Republicans think Biden should be impeached (53%) or quit (32%) if the charges prove true.

Any presidential candidate in 2024 must have electoral support from independents to win. However, independents break 64% for Biden’s removal from office through impeachment (33%) or resignation (31%). Another 15% say he should be able to run again, while 21% say they’re “not sure.”

But it’s within his own party that Biden will truly have a tough time making a case for a second term. Democrats, by a plurality of 45% (impeach or resign) to 35% (stay in office and run again), believe it would be best for Biden to leave office either by being impeached (19%) or by resigning (26%) if the charges prove true, which seems increasingly likely.

In short, virtually all major demographic groups say Biden should ride off into the sunset if evidence shows he and his family took money from foreign powers while he was in office as vice president and, possibly, as president.

And right now, the evidence of wrongdoing is piling up, at least if recent testimony and Hunter Biden’s own plea deal are to be believed.

As George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley recently has noted, “Starting with his campaign for the presidency and continuing until recently, President Biden has maintained one clear and consistent position on his son’s influence-peddling schemes. As a virtual mantra, Biden — and the White House staff — have categorically maintained that he had no knowledge of any foreign dealings of his son.”

Yet, Hunter Biden admitted in court during his failed plea deal hearing last week that he received over half a million dollars from a company with links to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), appearing to contradict his father’s earlier claim that no one in the Biden family made any “money from China.”

“My son has not made money in terms of this thing about, what are you talking about, China,” Joe Biden, speaking to President Donald Trump, said during a 2020 debate. “The only guy who made money from China is this guy (Trump). He’s the only one. Nobody else has made money from China.”

As we noted earlier this month, Hunter Biden requested $10 million from his Chinese partners in the CEFC energy firm because, as Hunter noted, the Bidens do “exactly what the chairman wants.”

In this case, the “chairman” was “CEFC’s chairman Ye Jianming, who paid Hunter a $1 million retainer fee for legal services in 2017. Hunter also received a large diamond from Ye in February 2017 worth an estimated $80,000,” as reported by Breitbart.

And that’s just one instance of Biden’s alleged money-making from his official positions in government.

An FBI document, FD-1023, which was obtained by the congressional committee investigating Biden family corruption, cites an informant who alleged that Joe Biden and Hunter received two $5 million payments from Ukraine energy giant Burisima. Hunter Biden was placed on the company’s board of directors, despite having no significant experience of any kind in the energy field.

In testimony video-taped while in hiding, a key witness also testified that the Biden family was tipped off by the Justice Department about an ongoing corruption investigation into the Bidens’ questionable dealings.

That witness, Dr. Gal Luft, an Israeli who previously co-headed a think tank in Washington along with former CIA Director James Woolsey, also claimed a DOJ official shared classified information with both the Bidens and their Chinese partners.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, who heads the investigation into the Bidens, claims that banking statements, along with as many as 20 shell companies set specifically up to take in payments from overseas, suggest the Biden family could have taken $40 million or more in bribes.

“This was organized crime,” Comer said. “There’s no other way to define it.”

In yet another recent revelation, the Bidens received $1 million in 17 separate payments from a Romanian who was later convicted of corruption. Sixteen of those payments, Fox News reports, went to Biden shell companies.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said last week that the findings so far in the Biden corruption investigation are “rising to the level of an impeachment inquiry.” An inquiry isn’t an impeachment, but rather a first step taken before deciding on actual impeachment.

Still, in our July poll, 56% said they thought it was “likely” Biden took bribes. If evidence of Biden-family bribes continues to grow, Congress may be forced to act, or face some very angry American voters in 2024.

I&I/TIPP publishes timely, unique, and informative data each month on topics of public interest. TIPP’s reputation for polling excellence comes from being the most accurate pollster for the past five presidential elections.

Terry Jones is an editor of Issues & Insights. His four decades of journalism experience include serving as national issues editor, economics editor, and editorial page editor for Investor’s Business Daily.

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Terry Jones

Terry Jones was part of Investor's Business Daily from its inception in 1983, working in a variety of posts, including reporter, economics correspondent, National Issues editor and economics editor. Most recently, from 1996 to 2019, he served as associate editor of the newspaper and deputy editor and editor of IBD's Issues & Insights. His many media appearances include spots on the Larry Kudlow, Bill O’Reilly, Dennis Miller, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Glenn Beck shows. He also served as Free Markets columnist for Townhall Magazine, and as a weekly guest on PJTV’s The Front Page. He holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from UCLA, and is an Abraham Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute


  • If we had an honest media, democrats would have been run out of this country a long time ago.

  • The July 2017 WhatsApp message that Hunter Biden sent to Henry Zhao is as follows, according to the IRS whistleblower:

    “I am sitting here with my father and we would like to understand why the commitment made has not been fulfilled. Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight. And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang, or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my directions. I am sitting here waiting for the call with my father.”

    A few weeks later Hunter Biden received a $5 million wire from a Chinese firm.

    On August 8, 2017, $5 million was wired from a CEFC-affiliated investment vehicle (Northern International) to the bank account for Hudson West III, which spent the next year transferring $4,790,375 million directly to Hunter Biden’s firm, Owasco.

    The Chinese study Sun Tzu to learn how to win wars without engaging in combat. Many of his principles apply to the case of the bribery of the Bidens.

    “When the leader is morally weak and his discipline not strict, when his instructions and guidance are not enlightened, when there are no consistent rules, neighboring rulers will take advantage of this.”

    “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

    According to the principles of Sun Tzu, the US is on a path that will lead to our defeat by China. The first thing to do to reverse this process is to remove the Bidens from the White House.

    An article about this is available at

  • Bribed? That’s putting it mildly. We’re only in the Ukraine war because Zelinski’s on the payroll.

  • Everyone with any sense at all knows that there is absolutely no way Biden received 81 million legitimate votes. Biden is a criminal and a liar. His entire administration is a corrupt bunch of idiots. That’s my humble and honest opinion. Globalism is slavery.

  • The more pressing question is who are the 37% that would still support a bribe taking felon with obvious dementia for president?

  • The Democrats appeal to the most ignorant and grievance mongering segment of the electorate. They support a double standard of justice when it comes to corruption and ethics. Their policies are out of sync with the majority of middle America on issues such as school choice, religious freedom, gun rights, censorship, fracking, voter ID and immigration control not to mention crime and inflation. It is imperative that we defeat Biden and his mob of victimization and entitlement mongers along with the corrosive identity politics that is polarizing our nation in 2024

  • We need a poll to tell us that a politician needs to “go” if he accepted bribes? LOL! OK. I’d have thought it would go totally without saying…but…

  • I find it deeply disturbing that anyone, let alone 20% of Americans and 35% of Democrats, think he should run again IF this is all true! It should be zero. Are we really this morally bankrupt?

  • It will be very hard for a Congressional Committee to prove corruption within the Biden family and the President himself. Absent wiretaps or secret recordings, all Congress will have is circumstantial evidence and statements from “whistleblowers”.
    Also missing right now is a forensic accounting of Biden family incomes. Only the Executive branch has the tools and personnel to undertake such an investigation….so it won’t happen so long as Biden nis President.

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