As the Democratic National Convention draws closer, former Vice President Joe Biden appears to be all but assured of winning his party’s presidential nomination.
However, not all Democrats are looking forward to seeing Biden’s name on the ticket in November — and if a new poll is to be believed, after watching the former VP’s denial of a former aide’s sexual assault claim, more than 25% of Dems said they would prefer the party nominate someone else, the Washington Examiner reported.
Poll gauges Biden denial
Released on Monday, the survey was conducted by Morning Consult, and it asked how respondents felt about Biden after seeing part of his recent interview with MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski in which he was asked to respond to allegations made by Tara Reade.
The poll found that 26% of Democrats thought that the party should either “definitely” or “probably” go with another candidate, the Examiner reported. Meanwhile, 61% said Biden should “definitely” or “probably” remain. Interestingly, 13% of those asked had no opinion on the matter.
Equal percentages of Democratic men and women believed Biden should “definitely” go, while women were only slightly more likely than men to say that he should “probably” exit the race.
There was a noticeable difference in the way older and younger Democrats viewed the situation; 21% of those under 45 years of age said he should “definitely” be replaced, compared to just 8% of those over 45 who held that opinion.
Shifting opinions emerge
Participants were questioned after being shown a 35-second video clip of Biden speaking to Brzezinski about allegations that he sexually assaulted former staffer Reade back in 1993.
“No. It is not true. I’m saying unequivocally: It never, never happened. It didn’t. It never happened,” Biden said in the interview, according to a transcript published by The New York Times.
The poll also found that 41% of all those who saw the clip thought the denial was either “very” or “somewhat” credible, whereas 38% felt it was “not that credible” or “not credible at all.” A full 61% of Democrat participants indicated a belief that Biden’s denial was credible.
The survey results also revealed a shift in views among Democrats regarding whether or not a public official should step down when confronted with credible allegations of sexual assault. In the wake of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation battle, 62% of those surveyed agreed that such a person should step aside, but only 42% still feel that way, according to these new findings.
Allegations gain credibility
Reade has alleged that Biden held her up against a wall and penetrated her with his fingers, and a number of individuals from Reade’s past have since come forward to say that they were told about the ordeal close to the time the former staffer claims it occurred, as Business Insider reports.
What’s more, video footage has emerged of a woman who Reade has identified as her late mother calling into a 1993 episode of Larry King Live. In it, the woman can be heard complaining that her daughter had “problems” with a “prominent senator.”
Seems like more and more pieces of the puzzle are falling into place. But will it be enough to sway Dems? Only time will tell.