WA Poll shows just how many Republicans distrust election results, mail ballots
From The Seattle Times:
Most Washington voters say they have no doubt about President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election, but a third of Republicans echo Donald Trump’s false insistence that he actually won, according to a new statewide poll.
The WA Poll of 731 registered voters found widespread trust in the national election results, Washington’s mail-in ballot system and local elections officials. But there are stark partisan divides.
Overall, 57% of voters said Biden won, with no fraud concerns; 19% expressed some doubts and concerns about fraud; and 15% said Trump won.
Among self-described Democrats in the poll, 87% indicated no concern about fraud sullying the presidential election. But only 22% of self-described Republicans agreed, with 39% saying there was “some fraud” and that Biden “may or may not” have won, and 33% saying there was major fraud and that Trump truly won.
Amid Trump’s attacks on mail voting, and ballot drop boxes, 40% of Republicans in the poll said their confidence in voting by mail has decreased since 2020. Overall, a large majority of voters said their trust in the system has remained steady.
The WA Poll is sponsored by The Seattle Times, KING 5, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public and Washington State University’s Murrow College of Communication. It was conducted online July 6-10 with a pool of respondents weighted to U.S. Census targets for gender, age, race, education and homeownership.