Majority of Americans Don’t Trust Elections that Take ‘Days or Weeks’

Republicans were more likely to doubt the outcome than Independents or Democrats.

QUICK FACTS:
  • If results take “days or weeks” to be counted, Americans are less inclined to believe that the election was fair and accurate.
  • This is according to recent information from the Trafalgar Group/Convention of States Action poll.
  • 33.9% of respondents say it’s “much less probable” that election results requiring “days or weeks” to tabulate are more or less reliable, while 20.9% said that it’s “slightly less likely.”
  • 62.7% of Republicans, 27% of Independents, and 10.4% of Democrats indicated they were “far less likely” to accept results that took “days or weeks” to compile.
FROM THE POLLSTERS:
  • “The majority of Americans are now skeptical about the outcomes of elections, which creates a fundamental problem that—if left unchecked—could undermine our entire democracy,” President of the Convention of States Mark Meckler said in a statement.
  • Leading up to midterms, election integrity was one of the major priorities for voters, according to Rasmussen Reports. At the time, 84% of likely voters said it would be a major issue in the midterm elections.
  • “The answer does not lie in Washington, DC, this problem can and must be fixed close to home. State legislatures need to make strengthening election integrity priority number one, and governors need to focus on vigorous enforcement. Until we get the problem under control, this needs to be treated as the state-by-state emergency that it is,” Meckler continued.
BACKGROUND:
  • The faith of Americans in previous elections has also been called into question, including the 2020 election, when President Joe Biden won over former President Donald Trump.
  • In June of 2021, as many as one-third of Americans believed that Biden won the presidency because of voter fraud, according to a Monmouth University poll
  • According to the study, the majority of those who think that voter fraud gave the presidency to Biden identify as Republicans or said they lean right of center. 63% of all Republicans and people leaning Republican believe Biden was not properly elected president.

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