Quinnipiac Poll: 77% of Republicans believe there was widespread fraud in the presidential election; 60% overall consider Joe Biden’s victory legitimate

Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant

A new Quinnipiac University poll says 77% of Republicans believe there was widespread voter fraud during the November election between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.

In a deeply polarized nation, 60% of registered voters polled believe that Biden’s victory was legitimate, but 34% do not.

The latest national poll by the Hamden-based university shows huge differences in political perceptions by voters, based on their party affiliation. Among Democrats, 97% say there was no widespread fraud in the election, but 77% of Republicans believe there was. Among independents, 62% said there was no widespread fraud and 35% said they believe there was.

“Was the election on the level? ‘No way’ say the vast majority of Republicans,” said Tim Malloy, a polling analyst for Quinnipiac. “The dearth of Republicans in the House and Senate willing to acknowledge the Biden win is in step with their base.”

Multiple Republicans have said they will wait until the upcoming vote by the Electoral College to acknowledge Biden’s victory.

Despite Trump’s claims to the contrary, there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud in swing states. Virtually all of the Trump campaign’s legal challenges have been turned away in the courts.

In their assessments about Trump’s presidency, 28% of voters said he was a great president, while 19% said he was good. At the other end, 40% described Trump as a bad president and 11% described him as not so good.

Concerning Trump’s current approval rating, 44% approve of how he is handling his job, while 51% disapprove. The latest approval rating is near the highest of Trump’s four years in office. The highest in the Q Poll ratings was 45% approval this past April.

The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Christopher Keating can be reached at ckeating@courant.com.

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