President Donald Trump and his key allies have spent months sounding the alarm over an election they believe he lost due to widespread voter fraud.
Now, a new poll conducted by Monmouth University found that roughly one in three Americans agree that fraud cost Trump a second term in the White House.
As Republican officials across the country call for audits and recounts of the presidential ballots, an increasing number of citizens seem to be growing skeptical of the results. The survey results released this week are just the latest signs that many Americans are not buying the narrative being pushed by Democratic operatives.
Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray explained the potential significance of his team’s most recent poll.
“The continuing efforts to question the validity of last year’s election is deepening the partisan divide in ways that could have long-term consequences for our Democracy, even if most Americans don’t quite see it that way yet,” he wrote.
For their part, many Democrats have spent the past six months downplaying or ignoring reports of skepticism over the election results. Nevertheless, about one-third of the U.S. population appears to have serious questions about the validity of President Joe Biden’s win.
It is unclear what the underlying causes of the skepticism are, but audits in Arizona and Georgia purport to have found evidence of actual election fraud in their returns.
Another interesting bit of data in the Monmouth poll was that about 3 in 10 Republicans say they will not accept Biden as a legitimate president.
Of course, plenty of Democrats spent four years questioning the legitimacy of the Trump administration. Many of the same partisans then turned around to demonize those who are asking questions about the 2020 race.
Furthermore, skepticism has been a core aspect of America’s political identity since its earliest days as a nation. The pushback Republicans have encountered upon voicing concerns over apparent irregularities in the last election’s result has apparently only led to increased suspicion.
It seems only fitting that the GOP responds with theories of their own after Democratic leaders pushed conspiracies about Trump during his term.
As the Monmouth poll suggests, the same voters who believe the 2020 race was stolen from them could be pivotal in deciding next year’s important congressional races.