Well over two-thirds of Republicans say US election was not free and fair
The vast majority of Republicans believe the 2020 election was not "free and fair" according to a new poll. Even more thought voter fraud was made possible by mail-in ballots. Overall, trust in elections has plummeted among Republicans.
Published: November 11, 2020, 8:11 am
The Morning Consult poll found that 48 percent of Republicans said that the election was “definitely” not free and fair, while 22 percent said it was “probably” not. That is more than double the percentage of Republicans who thought it would not be fair when polled just before the election.
Republicans remain especially unconvinced that the Pennsylvania results were above board: Only 23 percent of Republican voters said they believed the results, and only around 3 in 10 say the same about the results in swing states Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin. Even for states like Texas and Florida, where Trump is projected to win comfortably, Democrats were more likely than Republicans to call the results reliable.
Prior to the election, 68 percent of GOP voters said they trusted their election system. Post-election, that has plummeted to 34 percent. Democrats, meanwhile, increasingly trusted the system, up from 66 percent to 78 percent.
The use of mail-in ballots cast the most doubt on the 2020 election’s validity: Almost 4 in 5 voters said they no longer believed the election was free and fair, citing widespread voter fraud caused by mail-in voting as the main reason. Some 72 percent also cited vote tampering and 51 percent said the media had been too biased.
Although the majority expressed their misgivings, most voters did not expect the results to be overturned: 63 percent of registered voters, including 75 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of Republicans, said it was unlikely.
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