A recent poll shows that 68% of Republicans — and a substantial portion of independents and Democrats — agree with President Donald Trump that, absent fraud and irregularities, Trump likely won the 2020 presidential election, The Washington Times reported.
The poll also found that solid majorities of Republicans disagree with assertions that Trump’s legal challenges are harmful to democracy, and want to see Trump run again in 2024, assuming media-proclaimed President-elect Joe Biden assumes office.
Was the election stolen?
The poll was conducted on behalf of Fox News between Dec. 6-9 and surveyed 1,007 registered voters across the nation with a margin of error of around 3%.
When respondents were asked if they thought the election had been stolen from Trump, 36% said “yes” and 58% said “no,” with 6% who were unsure.
According to the demographic breakdown of the poll results, 68% of Republicans thought the election had been stolen from Trump, as did 77% of Trump voters. Also agreeing that the election was stolen away from Trump were 26% of independents and even 10% of Democrats.
Of course, 89% of Democrats — and 91% of Biden voters — disagreed that the election had been stolen, as did 65% of independents and 21% of Republicans.
Bad for democracy?
Many Democrats and their media allies have insisted that Trump’s refusal to concede the race and his continued legal challenges are harmful to American democracy. Overall, the pollsters found some agreement with that sentiment, albeit largely along partisan lines, with 56% saying Trump’s challenges were weakening democracy while 36% said the challenges were making democracy stronger.
In fact, 66% of Republicans thought Trump’s challenges were strengthening democracy, as did 28% of independents and 12% of Democrats.
On the other side were 84% of Democrats, 56% of independents and 24% of Republicans who thought the continued challenges were weakening American-style democracy.
Run again in 2024?
Finally, on the assumption that Biden would eventually take office as president, the question was posed about whether Trump should run for president again in 2024. Overall, a run for a second term had the support of 37% of those surveyed and was opposed by 57%.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, 79% of Trump voters and 71% of Republicans wanted to see another run from Trump, as did 27% of independents and 10% of Democrats.
Whether that actually happens or not will obviously depend upon whether Trump’s continued challenges ever find success or not, as well as if Democrats attempt to ruin his life post-presidency with vindictive lawsuits and criminal investigations.