Poll: Biden voters say pilot who said 'Let's go, Brandon' should be punished

Nearly 3 in 4 people who voted for President BidenJoe BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE in the 2020 election say they want the pilot who allegedly said “Let’s go, Brandon” on a flight to be punished, according to a poll released this week.

Southwest Airlines said last weekend it was investigating reports that a pilot used the phrase during a flight from Houston to Albuquerque, N.M. The Associated Press reported that the expression sparked “audible gasps from some passengers.”

The slogan has been embraced by conservatives recently to express opposition to Biden, with critics using it as a cryptic phrase for a more vulgar expression targeting the president. 

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Overall, 36 percent of respondents in a YouGov poll released Thursday said that the pilot should be penalized for using the phrase, while 44 percent said the pilot should not be penalized.

Among those who said they voted for Biden, 73 percent said the pilot should be penalized, while 15 percent said he should not. Others said they did not know.

Biden voters were more divided on whether Southwest should fire the pilot, however.

Thirty-nine percent said the pilot should be fired, while 42 percent said he should not be and 19 percent said they did not know.

In stark contrast, more than three-quarters of respondents who said they voted for former President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE, 76 percent, said the pilot should not be penalized, while 13 percent said he should and the rest were unsure.

Four percent of Trump voters said the pilot should be fired, while 91 percent said he should not be and 5 percent said they did not know.  

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The Hill has reached out to Southwest for comment.

The phrase "Let's go, Brandon" was introduced during a NASCAR race in Alabama earlier this month, after a reporter who was interviewing driver Brandon Brown thought the crowd behind her was yelling “Let’s go, Brandon” when it was actually saying “F--- Joe Biden.”

NASCAR President Steve Phelps sought to distance his organization from the phrase, saying Friday that it would pursue legal action against any use of its trademarks that appears with the slogan.

The YouGov survey of 1,000 adults was conducted from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3 and has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.