77% of Republicans claim widespread fraud in US presidential election
The majority of Republican voters still believe that there was widespread voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election between President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden.
The Quinnipiac University poll shows that 77% of Republicans believe there was widespread fraud during the November election.
The survey also found that among all registered voters in the US, 36% believe that the election was illegitimate.
Some Republican have vowed to continue to protest with demonstrations like the one that turned violent in Washington, DC, over the weekend.
Accepting Trump’s loss has been difficult for many of his voters. They expressed disbelief that Trump could have lost, given the huge crowds he drew to his rallies.
Some said their suspicions were heightened by the mainstream media's reluctance to broadcast Trump's claims of election fraud. And they repeatedly pointed to the slower-than-usual vote count as evidence something had gone awry.
"Something's not right here," said Robert Reed, a retired police officer-turned-construction worker who is an ardent Trump supporter and lives near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Reed, 61, says he will always believe the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. He believes fraud marred the vote, no matter how many courts rejected that claim.
"I'll always believe that it was stolen from him. I'll really never be able to have peace of mind that it wasn't," he said.
Katherine Negrete, 55, a teacher living in Peoria, Arizona, is among those who holds out hope that Trump can win if the Congress or Supreme Court intervenes (there is no indication that will happen).
"I don't trust that result. I think that the election was a fraud. I think the election was stolen. I don't know how anybody could not think that. All you have to do is look at the results," Negrete said.
"I've never had a problem before now trusting it, but now I feel like there may be something going on that I don't trust," echoed Melissa McJunkin, 40, who remains concerned about the integrity of her vote after hearing stories of voter fraud in the general election.
Election experts have said that an intervention by Congress or Supreme Court has no legal pathway and Republican Senate leaders have discouraged it.