Daily US Times: A new Reuters/Ipsos poll suggests that 55% of Republicans falsely and mistakenly believe Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 general election was the result of illegal voting or election rigging. 60% of Republicans incorrectly agree that the presidential election was stolen from Republican Donald Trump.
These polls are the latest to indicate that Republicans across the country mistakenly think that the 2020 election wasn’t legitimate, when it clearly was.
Republicans have been pushing legislation at the state level across the US to make voting at least somewhat more difficult than it was for the last presidential election. This has come in the wake of polls showing many Republicans doubt the election result, which Biden won. It is not clear what effect this legislation will ultimately have on future election outcomes.
However, what is perfectly clear is that Republicans’ lack of faith in the current election infrastructure is a direct result of Donald Trump’s historic efforts to undermine the legitimacy of the 2020 results.
After Donald Trump left the presidency in January, Monmouth University asked Americans whether they thought the last year’s presidential election was conducted fairly and confidently. Overall, most (66%) were confident it was.
But the lion’s share of Republicans, 65% of them, disagreed and said they were not confident at all the election was conducted accurately and fairely, which is consistent with the Ipsos polling spoken about above. This 65% is truly an anomaly in recent times.