According to a new Rasmussen poll, 34% of likely U.S. voters believe Biden accuser Tara Reade is telling the truth compared to only 24% who believe Biden is telling the truth. A sizable chunk of 41% is undecided.
Rasmussen asked the following questions:
How closely have you followed recent news reports about a sexual harassment allegation against former Vice President Joe Biden – very closely, somewhat closely, not very closely or not at all?
Tara Reade who was a staffer for then-Senator Biden has accused him of sexually assaulting her in 1993. Biden denies the claim. Who is telling the truth – Biden or his accuser?
Is the media likely to cover the allegation against Biden as much as they did the allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh?
Per Rasmussen a former Senate staffer has accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, and voters suspect she may be telling the truth. But they don’t expect the media to cover the Biden story like they did the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
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. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
By comparison, 33% believed Kavanaugh’s main accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, when she first came forward with claims that he sexually assaulted her in high school. Thirty-eight percent (38%) believed Kavanaugh’s denial instead.
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.