73 Percent Of Republicans Believe Election Will Be ‘Stolen’

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Voters agree with Republican nominee Donald Trump that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will steal the election, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll published Monday.

Forty-one percent of voters, regardless of party affiliation, agreed with Trump, while only 17 percent of self-identified Democrats asserted Clinton would steal the election from Trump. Seventy-three percent of Republicans believe the election will be “stolen.”

Clinton still leads Trump in the two-way race, earning 46 percent compared to Trump’s 41 percent, according to Politico/Morning Consult. When the race is opened to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Clinton’s lead widens to six percentage points. Clinton earned 42 percent, Trump earned 36 percent, while Johnson got a solid 10 percent in the poll, and Stein got 3 percent.

President Barack Obama has a 49 percent approval rating, which mostly comes from young, Democratic voters. Only 15 percent of Republicans approve of Obama.

Only 44 percent of Republicans support Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, with 37 percent of Republican voters wanting to replace the first-year speaker.

Ryan broke with Trump over the weekend, issuing a statement Saturday on the GOP nominee’s assertion of a rigged election, “Our democracy relies on confidence in election results, and the speaker is fully confident the states will carry out this election with integrity.”

The Real Clear Average for the four-way race gives Clinton a 5.7 percent lead over Trump, earning 45.1 percent, with Trump at 39.4 percent. Johnson earned 6.3 percent in the average, with Stein earning 2.1 percent.

Former Vice President Al Gore, who lost his bid against George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election, previously decried a rigged electoral process. Gore lost the election by a Supreme Court Decision despite leading the popular vote by over half a million votes.

Gore repeatedly denounced the decision in interviews over the years, saying in 2013 that Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush denied his request for a full-state recount. Gore added that the only thing to do after the Supreme Court decision was “open armed rebellion.”

Gore used his experience on the campaign trail in October, urging Clinton voters to head to the polls, “Your vote really, really, really counts, You can consider me as Exhibit A of that.”

The Politico poll included 1,737 likely voters, and ran from Oct. 13 through Oct. 15. The poll carries a margin of error of 2 percentage points in either direction.

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