A new Yahoo/YouGov poll conducted May 4th to 5th found 30% of Americans believe former Vice President Joe Biden sexually assaulted accuser Tara Reade.
Notably 62% of Trump voters believe Tara Reade’s claim and a majority of Republicans (53%.)
Recently appearing on MSNBC, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she views the Reade allegation as a “closed issue.”
Asked by Ari Melber if she viewed the sexual assault allegation against Biden as a “closed issue” Pelosi responded “Well it is for me. I have said I am proud to support Joe Biden for president. I believe him when he said it didn’t happen… But I’m not going to answer this question again, I will just say I have every confidence.”
Yahoo reports after nearly a month of silence on former Senate staffer Tara Reade’s allegations of sexual assault against him, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appeared on MSNBC on May 1 to publicly deny those claims for the first time. His response found a mixed reaction among the public.
According to the latest Yahoo News/YouGov poll, nearly half of respondents — 49 percent — were “not satisfied” with Biden’s response to Reade’s allegations. Only 19 percent said they were “very satisfied”; the remaining 32 percent were “somewhat satisfied.”
This split shifts significantly in partisan cross-tabulations. Republicans — taking their cue from party leaders who accuse Biden and his supporters of hypocrisy for dismissing Reade’s account, in contrast to how Democrats treated the assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — overwhelmingly find Biden’s response unacceptable. Seventy-six percent of GOP respondents were “not satisfied” and only 9 percent were “very satisfied.”
In contrast, most Democrats were at least “somewhat satisfied” (41 percent) or “very satisfied” (37 percent) with Biden’s explanation. The party rank and file may be waiting for progressive leaders to signal a direction. Many major women’s groups have declined or not responded to requests for comment. Major endorsers, including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have yet to publicly address the allegations.
The parties are split similarly on whether they even believe the allegations in the first place.
Barely any Democrats (12 percent) said they definitely believed that Biden assaulted Reade in 1993. Many more (49 percent) said they did not, and a smaller remainder (40 percent) said they were unsure. A majority of GOP respondents (53 percent) do believe Reade, with just a scattering (9 percent) saying her allegations are not true, and the rest (38 percent) not sure.