June 18, 2023
Bill Shapard

Oklahomans Believe Hunter Biden Should be Indicted for Gun Purchase Violation

More than 62 percent of likely voting Oklahomans believe that President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, should be indicted for allegedly lying while purchasing a gun in 2018. On a federal gun purchase form, Hunter Biden claimed he was not an unlawful drug user, or addicted to any controlled substance. However, according to his 2021 memoir, he freely admitted to frequent use of crack cocaine during that same time. Photos released from his unclaimed laptop also seem to confirm his use of cocaine as well.

The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits unlawful drug users from owning firearms, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says that ban applies to people who have admitted to using illegal drugs in the months before purchasing a gun. However, a recent Supreme Court decision might help Hunter Biden if he is charged, according to news reports released earlier this month.

[QUESTION] "Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, for allegedly lying on a gun purchase form."

  1. Should be indicted 62.1%
  2. Should NOT be indicted 14.1
  3. Don't know 23.8

More than 84 percent of Republicans believed Hunter Biden should be indicted and about a third of Independents did as well, but 52.1 percent of Independents "didn't know." Democrats were really divided on the issue with 27.8 percent believing he should be indicted, 33.5 percent believing he shouldn't, and 38.6 percent "didn't know."

Conservatives overwhelmingly supported an indictment, and a plurality of moderates (42.3 percent) did as well, but the poll results among liberals were mixed. Among those who identify as "somewhat liberal," 29 percent supported an indictment, 31.7 percent did not, and 39.3 percent didn't know. Among very liberal respondents, 25.2 percent supported an indictment, 28.3 percent did not, and 46.5 percent didn't know. Liberals generally support stricter gun laws and limiting illegal drug users from possessing guns, but not in this case of the president's son.

Strong support for indicting Hunter Biden on gun charges was seen in all of Oklahoma's congressional districts except for the 4th district, where only a plurality of 48.5 percent supported it. The 4th district is home to the more liberal-leaning campus of the University of Oklahoma.

A majority of both men and women believed Hunter Biden should be indicted with men six points more likely, 65.6 to 59.4 percent.

Level of agreement to an indictment drastically increases with age, where only 38.5 percent of those age 18-24 supported it to 72 percent among those 65 and older.

About the Poll, Oklahoma’s public opinion pollster, asked these questions of Oklahoma likely voters.

The scientific study was conducted from June 1-4, 2023 with 302 likely Oklahoma voters selected at random statewide from SoonerPoll's proprietary online panel. The sample was weighted by education, age, and congressional district in order to reflect the Oklahoma likely voter population for a general election. The weighting was conducted using a 'layered technique.'

The sample reflects the traditional demographical profile of the Oklahoma likely voter with roughly half of respondents identifying as conservative and nearly a third identifying as Moderate. The study has a Margin of Error (MoE) of ±5.65 percent.

A complete description of the methodology can be found here.

Bill Shapard
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Bill Shapard

Bill is the founder of and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on major campaigns for both Republicans and Democrats in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004.