One-Third of Americans Believe Biden’s 2020 Election Was Illegitimate

New University of Massachusetts Amherst poll shows 33% of U.S. voters do not recognize Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election victory, only 58% saying Biden won fair and square.

QUICK FACTS:
  • The Amherst survey reported 11% of respondents considered Biden’s victory “probably illegitimate,” while 22% said it’s “definitely illegitimate,” according to Sputnik.
  • 71% of Republicans and 4% of Democrats do not recognize Biden’s election.
  • 91% of Democrats consider Biden’s victory either “definitely legitimate” (83%) or “probably legitimate” (8%).
  • Only 21% of Republicans recognize Biden’s office.
  • The poll also found that the majority of Republicans think the Capitol Police, Antifa, and Democrats are to blame for the Jan 6 Capitol riot, not President Trump.
  • 24% of Republicans think the Capitol Police are to blame, while 20% blame Antifa.
  • 30% of GOP voters blame the Democratic Party for the Capitol attack.
WHAT THE POLL DIRECTOR SAID:

“Given the continued questioning of Biden’s victory by prominent Republican elected officials, conservative media personalities, and former President Trump, it is no surprise that 7 in 10 Republicans, conservatives, and Trump voters view the results of the 2020 election with skepticism, if not outright disbelief,” poll director Tatishe Nteta stated.

BACKGROUND:
  • The poll was conducted from Dec 14-20, almost a year after the events of Jan 6, 2021, when the U.S. Capitol was stormed by protestors.
  • While 86% of Democrats support continuing law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of the Capitol attack, more than half of Republicans opposed such measures, Sputnik notes.