Joe Biden’s “victory” in the presidential race is as good as an illusion to a good part of the country.
Roughly four in ten voters do not believe that the Democrat “legitimately won the election,” according to a new poll.
Crunching the numbers
The Economist/YouGov poll asked 1,500 registered voters a number of questions related to the controversy over mail-in ballots, which President Donald Trump and his allies say Democrats took advantage of to cheat.
According to the poll, 42% of voters do not believe that Biden is the legitimate president-elect, while 58% believe he won legitimately. Among voters who marked their ballots for Trump this year, only 14% recognize Biden as the president-elect, compared to 86% who do not.
By contrast, a full 99% of Biden voters think their candidate won “legitimately.” While the poll reflects a generally polarized electorate, it does show that there is widespread skepticism of the election’s outcome.
Roughly half of self-identified independent voters, 47%, do not think Biden won, versus 53% who do.
The pollsters also asked respondents about what they think Trump should do next: 40% said he should not concede the race, compared to 60% who said he should, the pollsters reported. Twenty-two percent of Trump supporters said he should concede.
Roughly two-thirds of Trump supporters believe the president’s lawsuits will change the result of the election, according to the poll. The survey was taken between Nov. 8 and Nov. 10.
News outlets declared Biden the winner of the presidential race on Saturday, but Trump has disputed that call while challenging the election results in a number of key states, like Michigan and Pennsylvania. The Trump campaign has alleged that poll watchers have been denied transparency and that voter fraud occurred, citing numerous sworn affidavits and other evidence.
Trump’s critics have repeatedly called on the president to concede while asserting that there is no evidence of fraud, but it looks like many Americans are convinced the opposite is true. According to the Economist/YouGov poll, 75% of voters think that some fraud occurred, with 40% saying it was enough to make a difference, and 35% saying it made no impact. Only 17% said no fraud took place.
Forty-five percent said that ballots are definitely or likely being manipulated to help Biden, while 54% said otherwise.
To be sure, polling is anything but consistent: as the Washington Examiner noted in a Thursday report, a survey from the left-leaning Reuters found that 80% of Americans think Biden won the election, far more than the 58% in the Economist/YouGov poll.