The final weeks of the 2020 presidential cycle included a series of bombshell accusations against Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his son’s dubious international business deals.
While those accusations did little to dampen Biden’s lead in the poll results that followed, a recent survey indicates that nearly 5% of Democrats who voted for the former vice president would have changed their vote if they had been aware of the stories, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“Investigating since last year”
Social media outlets and mainstream news sources all but ignored the stunning allegations, which suggested the elder Biden used his political clout to help enrich his own family. As a result of that media blackout, many voters likely heard little, if any, of the details.
In a post-election poll conducted on behalf of the conservative Media Research Center, McLaughlin & Associates pollsters found that at least some Democrats would have likely been swayed by the news if they had been exposed to it.
Overall, 27% of respondents had not been aware of the allegations involving Joe and Hunter Biden. Specifically, the related question cited “emails, texts, eyewitness testimony and banking transactions” that show the “FBI has been investigating since last year directly linking Joe Biden to a corrupt financial arrangement between a Chinese company with connections to the Chinese Communist Party and Hunter Biden’s business” in a manner that could have financially benefitted the former vice president.
Among Democrats, that number was 38%, the poll found. A full 36% of Joe Biden voters said they were unfamiliar with the story, the Examiner reported.
“289 electoral votes”
In a follow-up question, those who had not heard the allegations were asked if such knowledge would have caused them to change their respective votes.
Among the 36% of Joe Biden voters unaware of the accusations, roughly 87% said they would have still voted for the Democratic nominee. The remainder, however, was broken down as follows: 1% would have voted for President Donald Trump, 6% would have cast a third-party vote, 5% would have skipped the presidential race but cast a vote on down-ballot races, and 2% would have not voted at all.
The takeaway, therefore, is that about 4.6% of Joe Biden voters would have voted differently had they been aware of the allegations of financial improprieties against him.
A shift of that magnitude could have changed the entire outcome of the still-contested presidential race, perhaps resulting in a clear re-election victory for Trump.
As the polling firm predicted, that “shift away from [Joe] Biden would have meant President Trump would have won the election with 289 electoral votes.”
MRC President Brent Bozell shared his take in a statement to the Examiner, asserting: “Now we know the impact of that cover-up. 4.6% of [Joe] Biden voters say they would not have voted for him had they been aware of evidence of this scandal. This story would have potentially changed the outcome of this election. The media and Silicon Valley were fully aware of this, so they actively tried to prevent it from reaching the American public. The American people deserved to know the truth; now it’s too late.”