A new poll by Ipsos/Reuters found that 4 out of 10 Republicans do not consider Joe Biden the elected president, compared to almost every Democrat who said Biden won the White House.
The national opinion poll, which was conducted after most news channels had declared Saturday’s race for Biden after he had extended a significant lead in the major states where he was on the battlefield on Saturday, showed that while nearly 80 percent of Americans recognize Biden as the winner of the election, fewer Republicans agree.
Of those surveyed, 13 percent of Americans said the election had not yet been decided, 3 percent said President Donald Trump had won the election and another 5 percent said they did not know.
Although Biden delivered a victory speech on Saturday night and several leaders around the world congratulated the Democrat on his victory, Trump has not yet admitted to the election. The Constitution does not require a candidate to give up an election, but Trump would be the first president who would not.
Instead, Trump has since made groundless allegations of widespread electoral fraud that has led to his election being stolen.
These messages have been taken up by his Republican counterparts. Yesterday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr authorized federal prosecutors to investigate allegations of voting irregularities, thereby circumventing the long-standing policy of the Justice Department that prohibits such actions before an election is confirmed.
The skepticism expressed by the Trump administration about election integrity and election officials appears to have had a significant impact on Republican voters.
The survey found that less than 60 percent of Republicans trust their local election officials to “do their job honestly,” compared with 83 percent of Democrats.
Before the weekend, however, an older poll by Ispos/Reuters showed that Republicans had greater confidence before Trump delivered his White House speech last Thursday.
The previous poll showed that 67 percent of Republicans said the same thing last week – an 8 percent drop from the new numbers.
It also showed that Republicans have less confidence in absentee ballots and absentee ballots. Only 45 percent said they were accurately counted, compared to 72 percent of Democrats who believed they were.
The earlier poll showed that the majority of Americans consider it important that all ballots be counted, no matter who wins the election. There is agreement on this on both sides of the aisle: 92 percent of Democrats and 88 percent of Republicans say they want every ballot to be counted.
Although the final votes are still tabulated and the Trump campaign has called for recounts in swing states such as Georgia, 72 percent of participants believe that the loser of this year’s presidential election must declare defeat.
The poll also found that 60 percent of Americans believe there will be a peaceful transition of power when Trump’s term ends in January.