Polling data indicates that a vast majority of Republicans believe voter fraud helped President-elect Joe Biden win the presidency and less than half of Republicans accept the outcome of the election.
A new NPR/Ipsos poll released Wednesday found that while 33% of all respondents believe voter fraud helped Biden win the 2020 election, 67% of Republicans said the same. Only 44% of Republicans surveyed said they accept the outcome of the election and 71% said there is a deep state working to undermine President Donald Trump.
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Brooke Williams, one of the Republicans surveyed, said she believed there was enough evidence to suggest Biden’s win was fraudulent. “There’s just too much information out there,” she said during a follow-up interview with NPR. “I can’t see how anybody is not thoroughly convinced that Biden was illegally elected.”
Responses to the survey were split along partisan lines as a notable majority of Independents and Democrats said they accepted the outcome of the election. Only 28% of Independents and 11% of Democrats believed voter fraud helped Biden win.
In the weeks after Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 election, the Trump campaign launched dozens of lawsuits in key battleground states alleging voter fraud and other irregularities. According to Business Insider, Republicans filed 86 lawsuits, including 40 lawsuits from the Trump campaign and a failed Supreme Court case filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Federal election officials have dismissed allegations of widespread voter fraud and in a Nov. 12 statement called the 2020 election the “most secure in American history.” (RELATED: ‘No Basis In Reality’: Dominion Voting Systems Blasts Giuliani’s Star Witness)
The Department of Justice failed to uncover widespread voter fraud in its investigation. “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” former Attorney General William Barr told the Associated Press in an interview.
NPR/Ipsos polling also found that a significant number of Americans believed in misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic and conspiracy theories like QAnon. “Increasingly, people are willing to say and believe stuff that fits in with their view of how the world should be, even if it doesn’t have any basis in reality or fact,” Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson told NPR.
The poll surveyed 1,115 American adults between Dec. 21-22. The poll had a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points.