70% Republicans Don’t Believe The Election Was 'Free and Fair' Despite No Evidence Of Fraud

70% Republicans Don’t Believe The Election Was 'Free and Fair' Despite No Evidence Of Fraud

With no evidence to back their claims of fraudulence during this year's voting, Trump supporters believe that the election was not fair.

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A new survey reveals that 70 percent of Republicans believe this year's presidential election was not "free and fair," despite multiple news outlets declaring Joe Biden as the new President-elect. According to The Guardian, a dramatic decline was observed in Republican voters’ trust in the system. During the same Politico/Morning Consult poll (before the elections) 35 percent of Republicans thought the 2020 vote would not be free and fair as more Democrats revealed their trust in the election. About 90 percent of them thought that the results were "free and fair," and the number went up 52 percent from the pre-election poll.


About 78 percent of the Republicans who thought that elections were not fair believed that mail-in ballots encourage extensive voter fraud. Meanwhile, 72 percent believed that the ballots had been tampered with as Donald Trump and his supporters continued to allege voter fraud, without any substantial evidence to back these claims. The Attorney General, William Barr, authorized federal prosecutors to open an investigation into "substantial allegations" of voting irregularities. The move veered away from the Department of Justice's policy and it was made without any evidence of voter fraud. Responding to this the Justice Department's top election crimes prosecutor Richard Pilger resigned in protest on Monday. 


Pilger, a director of the elections crimes branch in the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section, told his colleagues that the attorney general was issuing "an important new policy abrogating the forty-year-old Non-Interference Policy for ballot fraud investigations in the period prior to elections becoming certified and uncontested," according to CNN. Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, went on to reiterate Trump's decision not to concede and stressed accusations of voter fraud. Even Fox News decided to cut away from her speech as she said Republicans want "every legal vote to be counted and every illegal vote to be discarded."


In the survey by Politico and Morning Consult about 84 percent of Republican voters said the elections helped Biden. 18 percent of Republicans thought that the results would be unreliable even before election day. Now, after the results, the number surged to 64 percent. As for the Democrats, 86 percent say they trusted the results but Republicans thoughts on the swings states' results were quite questionable, especially Pennsylvania, which counted the ballots four days before Biden won. The distrust in Pennsylvania’s results was 62 percent for Republicans and 8 percent for Democrats. A similar suspicion was expressed by GOP voters in Wisconsin, Nevada, Georgia, and Arizona. 


However, Republicans remain divided about the change in results following Trump's legal actions. About 38 percent thought that the results would be revered while 45 percent didn't think it would happen. The survey was conducted between November 6 and November 7, among 1,987 registered voters and it had a 2 percent margin of error. Most of the calls were made after news outlets announced Biden as President-elect. Trump is yet to concede to Biden and he disgracefully continues to accuse Biden and the Democratic Party of stealing the election from him. Trump asserted that Biden is "rushing to falsely pose as the winner" and that the race is "far from over." It appears he in denial that Biden has won the most influential election by securing 273 electoral votes after crossing the required mark. 


While Trump took the lead in key swing states on election day, the mail-in ballots that were counted in the following days helped Biden eventually edge the President. With Trump constantly attacking mail-in voting in the run-up to the elections, Republicans largely voted in-person. A record 100-million voters, primarily Democrats, took the mail-in ballot route due to the coronavirus pandemic causing a huge backlog in the tallying of votes which extended to four days. This year's Presidential election also witnessed the highest voter-turnout since 1908 when 65 percent of eligible Americans voted. It is estimated that 160 million votes have been cast in the current Presidential election, putting the eligible turnout at 67 percent.


Joe Biden also broke the record as he received more votes for President than any other candidate in the history of U.S. elections. The former Vice President surpassed his colleague Barack Obama's tally of 69,498,516 votes in the 2008 Presidential election, by Wednesday (November 4) afternoon. Even President Donald Trump did not get that many when he ran for office in 2016 and received 62,985,106 votes. Trump's primary vote base was White men (58 percent) and women (55 percent). An overwhelming majority of young voters in the range 18-29 voted for Biden. 

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