A recent CNN poll reveals that a significant majority of Republicans or Republican-leaning voters are skeptical of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, with 69% of them not accepting him as a legitimately elected president.
This sentiment aligns with the claims made in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s recent indictment, which suggests that former President Donald Trump and his co-conspirators propagated knowingly false claims about election fraud to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The indictment accuses Trump and his allies of making numerous false claims about fraud, including allegations that ineligible voters cast ballots and that voting machines switched votes from Trump to Biden. The growing skepticism among Republicans regarding the 2020 elections has increased since the start of the current Congress.
According to CNN’s report on the poll, among Republican-aligned adults, 39% believe there is solid evidence proving that Biden’s win was not legitimate, while 30% say it is merely their suspicion without concrete evidence, and 29% accept Biden’s election as legitimate.
The percentage of Republicans questioning the legitimacy of Biden’s win has not changed significantly since May, and it remains below the peak of 54% shortly after the January 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
Interestingly, the claims made in Smith’s indictment bear a resemblance to the ones Democrats made after the 2016 election when they accused Russia of hacking the election that year.
The intense and divisive elections in the 21st century have had a considerable impact on how Americans view the democratic electoral system.
Only 42% of respondents feel somewhat confident that elections in the US reflect the public’s will, while 58% have little to no confidence in the electoral process. Biden’s approval rating for protecting democracy has dipped into negative territory, with 44% approving and 55% disapproving.
This decline has occurred across party lines, with 84% of Democrats, 42% of independents, and 7% of Republicans approving of his handling of the issue.
The poll results illustrate the deep divisions and lack of confidence in the electoral process among Americans, reflecting the ongoing challenges faced by the democratic system.