Title
  Two-thirds of Republicans still think the 2020 election was rigged
Subtitle
  Yahoo Poll
Date
  5 August, 2021
Register Date
  2021-08-09
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Poll: Two-thirds of Republicans still think the 2020 election was
rigged

Caitlin Dickson·Reporter
Thu, August 5, 2021

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A majority of Republicans still believe the 2020 election was
stolen from former President Donald Trump, according to a new
Yahoo News/YouGov poll. The latest findings show how persistent
this false narrative continues to be, despite the preponderance
of evidence against it.

In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Trump supporters participate in
a rally in Washington prior to the deadly assault on the U.S.
Capitol. (John Minchillo/AP)
Trump supporters at a rally prior to the deadly assault on the
U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. (John Minchillo/AP)
The survey of 1,552 U.S. adults, which was conducted from July 30
to Aug. 2, found that 66 percent of Republicans continue to
insist that “the election was rigged and stolen from Trump,”
while just 18 percent believe “Joe Biden won fair and square.”
Twenty-eight percent of independent voters also said they think
Trump was the rightful winner of the 2020 election, as did a
small 3 percent of Democrats.

While those who continue to hold this unsubstantiated view about
the election are in the overall minority, representing just 29
percent of total respondents, the number has remained relatively
unchanged over the last several months. Since January, similar
surveys have found that between 27 and 29 percent of people
believe the election was rigged.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a
Then-President Donald Trump at the “Save America Rally” near
the White House on Jan. 6. (Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Trump has continually repeated this falsehood since the November
election, offering a mixture of debunked conspiracy theories to
allege widespread fraud.

The then president’s false claims fueled a violent mob of his
supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to
prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s win in the Electoral
College.

Donald Trump supporters gather outside the U.S.Capitol building
in Washington D.C. on January 06, 2021. Pro-Trump rioters stormed
the Capitol as lawmakers were set to sign off on President-elect
Joe Biden's electoral victory in what was supposed to be a
routine process headed to Inauguration Day. (Tayfun
Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Trump supporters outside the Capitol amid the insurrection.
(Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
The latest Yahoo News/YouGov poll was conducted in the week
following the first public hearing of the House select committee
to investigate the Jan. 6 attack, which featured firsthand
testimony from police officers who responded to the riot at the
Capitol. The results indicate that the hearing did little to
change the public’s perception of that event.

Since May, surveys have found that a majority of people — between
65 and 71 percent — believe the attack was not justified, and the
latest poll falls within that range, at 69 percent. Blame for the
Jan. 6 riot remained essentially unchanged from previous surveys,
with 48 percent pointing the finger at Trump supporters who
gathered at the Capitol, and the vast majority of that 48 percent
blaming Trump himself.

A closer look at the respondents’ party affiliations shows a
clear divide within these views: 81 percent of Democrats said
Trump was responsible for the Jan. 6 attack, compared with just 9
percent of Republicans and 43 percent of independents. Only 15
percent of Republicans blamed Trump supporters who gathered at
the Capitol for the violence that took place on Jan. 6, while 48
percent of Republicans said that “left wing protesters trying to
make Trump look bad” were largely at fault. Conspiracy theories
have falsely blamed liberal agitators like antifa for the attack.

Attitudes about the select committee’s probe and the first
public hearing were similarly split along partisan lines.
Overall, 51 percent of respondents supported more investigations
into Jan. 6, with 83 percent of Biden supporters saying “we
still need to find out the truth of what happened” on that day,
while 62 percent of Trump supporters (31 percent of the total)
said they think “there have been enough investigations
already.” The same percentage of respondents (51 percent) agreed
with the Capitol Police officers who described those who stormed
the Capitol as “terrorists,” with 90 percent of Biden
supporters agreeing with this characterization and 74 percent of
Trump supporters (31 percent of the total) saying they disagree.

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The Yahoo News survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally
representative sample of 1,552 U.S. adults interviewed online
from July 30 to Aug. 2, 2021. This sample was weighted according
to gender, age, race and education based on the American
Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, as
well as 2020 presidential vote (or non-vote) and voter
registration status. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s
opt-in panel to be representative of all U.S. adults. The margin
of error is approximately 2.7 percent.