Fresh Gallup poll shows Republican confidence in elections has dropped to a new low ahead of November midterms.
The poll, conducted between October 3 and October 23 of 1,009 U.S. adults, found 40% of Republicans believe votes in the upcoming midterm elections will be cast and counted accurately, compared to 67% of Independents and 85% of Democrats. Republicans’ confidence in election integrity has plummeted since the 2018 midterm elections, when 77% said they believe votes will be accurately cast and counted—that share fell to 44% in 2020. Overall, 63% of U.S. adults surveyed said they are very or somewhat confident votes will be cast and counted accurately, up slightly from 59% in 2020, but lower than the 70% who expressed confidence in 2018. ... Nearly 40% of Republicans in an October Axios-Ipsos poll said they would blame voter fraud if the GOP doesn’t take control of Congress in the midterm elections, with 19% saying they believe it’s “highly likely” fraud would be the reason for a Republican loss—25% of Democrats in the poll said they would point to election fraud if Democrats don’t keep control of Congress. ... 202. That’s how many GOP candidates are running for seats in Congress who believe the 2020 election was flawed or based on fraud, according to the Brookings Institution. The number of candidates who deny the results of the 2020 election grows to 291 when including statewide office, in addition to congressional seats—with 171 running for safely Republican seats, according to a Washington Post analysis.