An equal number of Americans are concerned about classified documents found in the possession of President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, according to a poll released Sunday by NBC News.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they found the discovery of the Biden documents very concerning or somewhat concerning, while an identical 67% had the same view of the discovery of the Trump documents – despite differences in the number of documents found and how Biden and Trump responded to the findings.
More than a dozen classified documents were found in Biden’s private offices and residence while more than 300 classified documents were recovered from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
The classified documents reveal a larger problem: Missing classified documents not uncommon
Trump also resisted turning over documents despite repeated requests from the National Archives and a subpoena, leading a judge to issue a warrant allowing the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago. Biden has so far cooperated with the Justice Department and authorized authorities to search his home in Wilmington, Delaware, where six additional classified documents were found.
In the survey, 50% of respondents disapprove of Biden’s job performance, compared to 45% who approve. The numbers don’t bode well for Republicans either.
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Since taking the majority in the House, Republicans have begun laying the groundwork for their promises of thorough investigations into Biden and his administration, but Americans don’t seem as excited as House GOP lawmakers.
Fifty-five percent of those polled said they thought House Republicans would spend too much time investigating Biden rather than focusing on other priorities. Fifty-four percent of respondents also said they thought Republicans would be too inflexible in their investigations.
We asked: After Trump, Biden, Pence, do other former presidents have classified documents?
The poll has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points among the 1,000 respondents and 3.4 percentage points among the 810 registered voters polled. The survey was conducted from January 20 to 24; he surveyed 1,000 American adults, including 823 respondents with cellphones.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Americans are also concerned about Biden, Trump’s classified documents: poll