By Eli Yokley
January 23, 2023 at 4:00 pm ET
Little has changed in how voters view President Joe Biden’s job performance following the discovery of classified materials from the Obama administration at his Delaware home and a former private capital office, per Morning Consult survey trends.
The discovery of classified documents at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, D.C., coupled with the slow drip of information about materials found at Biden’s Wilmington, Del., home has not damaged the president’s standing, which has recently improved marginally at the state level. But it has become a major headache for the president as he prepares to launch his re-election bid.
Republicans, already eager to generate negative attention on the White House with their newfound investigative authorities in the House, are planning their own probe on top of the Justice Department’s inquiry. Some Democrats, such as Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), have said the president should be “embarrassed” by the situation. He and others argue that Biden has surrendered any moral high ground on the issue over former President Donald Trump, who faces a criminal inquiry over classified materials found at his Mar-a-Lago home in August.
For now, voter awareness of Biden’s document issue pales in comparison with the Trump matter last year: 35% said they had seen, read or heard “a lot” about the discovery of the documents by Biden’s lawyers or the House GOP’s investigation into the matter, and 23% heard a lot about Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointment of a special counsel, compared with the 58% who heard the same about the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid.
While the saga over Biden’s documents isn’t making an equivalent splash, Morning Consult data suggests it could be blunting some positive momentum the president could be enjoying given rosier recent news on inflation.
The latest survey was conducted Jan. 20-22, 2023, among a representative sample of 1,990 registered voters, with an unweighted margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Eli Yokley is a senior data reporter at Morning Consult covering politics and campaigns. @eyokley