Most Republicans still see Biden’s victory as illegitimate
Nearly one year after the US Capitol riots, 7/10 GOP voters feel that Donald Trump has stolen the 2020 elections
According to a poll, media and Democrat politicians made little progress in convincing Americans skeptical of President Joe Biden that he was legally elected.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst poll, released on Tuesday, found that 71% of Republicans still believe that Biden’s victory in the November 2020 presidential election was illegitimate. A little over half of Americans, 58%) said Biden was the rightful President. Only 22% thought the election result to be invalid. “definitely not legitimate” – figures that were almost identical to the findings when the same survey was done last April.
While the Democrat-controlled Congress has focused on investigating the origins of last January’s Capitol riot, there hasn’t been a major federal probe of election-fraud claims to assuage public doubts. Legal challenges to Biden’s victory were largely dismissed on procedural grounds, without the evidence being examined in court.
Amherst professors argued that given the continued questioning of Biden’s victory by conservative politicians and media outlets, it’s not surprising that Republicans continue to doubt the election’s result. “Public officials need to shore up faith in how we vote,”Raymond La Raja, professor. He added that public confidence in the electoral process won’t be restored “until Republicans stop saying the election was stolen.”
Americans will be predictably divided on Capitol Riot. 62% see the participants as being racist. “protestors,”Rather than rioters, 68% of Democrat respondents consider them. “insurrectionists”And “white nationalists.”75% of Democrats blame Trump for the riot. However, one-third (33%) of Republicans believe that the Democratic Party is to blame.
86% of Democrats, against 29% of Republicans, support the continuation of efforts to probe and prosecute those responsible for the riot. Also, 62% of Republicans and 37% of respondents overall said then-Vice President Mike Pence should have used his role in certifying the electoral vote to challenge Biden’s victory.
“We continue to see Republicans and Democrats living in diametrically opposed realities,”Alexander Theodoridis from Amherst said, “blaming “persistent and baseless claims by the former president and his sycophants.”
The poll suggested that challenging the legitimacy of Biden’s victory wouldn’t be a winning strategy for Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections, however. Only 23% of independents said they would be more likely to vote – versus 38% who would be less likely — for a candidate who made such claims.