A new poll from Reuters/Ipsos says that half of Republicans surveyed think the presidential election held two weeks ago was “rigged” and that President Donald Trump “rightfully won” the election.
The poll, taken between November 13-17, showed that 73% of those surveyed thought Joe Biden won the election while only 5% thought Trump did. But half of the Republicans, including those that say Biden won, thought that the election was “stolen” by the Democrats for Biden.
Only 29% thought Biden actually won the election, while 52% thought Trump was the real winner. 55% of respondents believed the election was legitimate, which was seven points less than in 2016.
In contrast, 68% of Republicans had concerns about the election’s legitimacy.
Trump has refsed to concede the election to Biden and has filed legal challenges in several states. His lawyers’ central claim right now is that a voting machine company with machines in 30 states was hacked and flipped massive amounts of votes to Biden from Trump.
Questions about Trump’s apparent loss remain, including a possible explanation for why downballot Republicans won races but Trump didn’t win the majority of votes in several states.
Other election experts have said that the large numbers of votes that came into the system for Biden all at once would have been physically impossible for the machines to count in time.
Hundreds of voters and election officials have given sworn affadavits in cases filed by Trump that they observed voting irregularities, including failing to match signatures on absentee ballots and failing to allow Republican poll watchers close enough to observe ballot counting.
In addition, battleground states where Trump was leading and then fell behind all stopped counting their mail-in ballots on election night, then suddenly “found” large enough numbers of votes to give Biden a lead.
For all of these reasons, Republicans are skeptical of an election result for Biden, who barely campaigned in person and conducted most of his campaign virtually.
In contrast, Trump held huge in-person rallies for months before the election to motivate his base to turn out.
When Biden did campaign, his messages of new coronavirus lockdowns, defund the police, and the implementation of socialist policies like government-run healthcare were unpopular with a majority of the electorate.