Survey( s) of the week
President Trump’s refusal to accept the outcome of the election has actually sown distrust in the election, especially amongst Republicans.
According to a new Monmouth University poll, about 3 in 4 Republicans now question the fairness of the 2020 presidential election, despite the fact that there is no proof that the electoral process was compromised in a manner that could impact the result. And as you can see in the chart below, suspect among Republicans has escalated because Election Day.
Monmouth isn’t the only pollster to find extremely high levels of wonder about amongst Republicans, either. A YouGov/Economist survey this week found that 73 percent of Republicans had little or no self-confidence that the election was performed fairly and a Early morning Consult/Politico survey discovered that 67 percent of Republicans believed that the 2020 election was either “probably” or “absolutely” not free and reasonable.
It is essential to tension that all three pollsters did discover that a bulk of Americans accepted the outcomes– approximately 6 in 10– but what is worrisome is that just about 4 in 10 stated they were very positive that the election was conducted fairly and precisely.
This is uncomfortable, due to the fact that as my coworker Perry Bacon, Jr. composed previously today on Trump’s rejection to concede, there are now very genuine concerns about American democracy and whether it will stay undamaged.
This, of course, isn’t the first time Trump has actually tried to sow doubt in the democratic process. Before and after the 2016 election, Trump falsely claimed that millions of undocumented immigrants were going to enact the election, or that “people that have actually died 10 years back are still voting,” despite the fact that there was never ever any evidence that these claims were true. And, as held true ahead of the 2016 election, Republicans as soon as again were more likely than Democrats to believe these deceptive claims as they went to the surveys.
The essential difference in between now and 2016, however, is that after the election, a majority of Republicans are still unwilling to accept the outcome. That wasn’t real of Democrats in 2016.
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Lest we believe that Republicans are the only ones vulnerable to having their view of the electoral procedure colored by the result, ballot reveals that some Democrats did lose self-confidence in the election after Trump won in2016 However, a bulk of Democrats (as well as Republicans and independents) thought that votes were counted accurately after