Only 27% of Republicans think Biden will be sworn in on inauguration day, survey says

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Birds fly over the White House at dusk, the day after a presidential election victory was called for former Vice President Joe Biden (REUTERS)
Birds fly over the White House at dusk, the day after a presidential election victory was called for former Vice President Joe Biden (REUTERS)

Only 27 per cent of Republicans think it is most likely that Joe Biden will be sworn in as president on inauguration day, according to a new survey by YouGov.

Almost half (47 per cent) of Republicans surveyed still think Donald Trump will be sworn in for a second term, the survey, conducted just over a week after the general election, revealed.

The results came despite Mr Biden being declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election by the Associated Press and major news networks on Saturday after he gained more than the 270 electoral college votes he needed to win.

Mr Trump has yet to concede to the president-elect and has spent his time following election day promoting baseless claims of voter fraud in swing states that he says cost him his victory.

Following announcement of Mr Biden’s win the Trump campaign immediately issued a statement in which the president stated the contest was "far from over".

According to the survey, three per cent of Republicans think “something else” is most likely to happen on inauguration day, but the data did not detail what they believed this would be.

Twenty-three per cent of Republican’s surveyed told the data company that they were not sure what was most likely to happen on inauguration day.

On the other hand, a huge 92 per cent of Democrats surveyed believed it was most likely that Mr Biden would be sworn in as president on the day, which takes place on 20 January. Two per cent of Democrats also thought “something else” would be likely to happen.

In total, two thirds of US adults surveyed think that it is most likely Mr Biden will be sworn in as president, with 17 per cent overall still believing that Mr Trump would secure the presidency.

YouGov said that 7607 US adults were surveyed in the poll which took place on 11 November.

The results come as a large majority of GOP lawmakers remained silent on Mr Biden’s win amidst the president’s legal challenges to the results, with only a handful of high profile Republicans having congratulated the former vice president.

The Trump campaign has filed at least seven lawsuits in battleground states since election day to challenge the ballot counts, Bloomberg reported.

On Wednesday, the AP projected Mr Trump as the winner in Alaska, taking him to 217 projected electoral college votes to Mr Biden’s 290, with some states still yet to declare.

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