Despite both Republicans and Democrats reassuring the American people that there “wasn’t enough widespread fraud to overturn the election” many are still concerned that cheating still goes on, and that the Democrats are still up to their same old dirty tricks leading up to the 2022 midterms.
A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports and The National Pulse finds that 52% of likely U.S. Voters believe it is Likely that cheating affected the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, including 36% who think it is Very Likely. Forty-three percent (43%) don’t believe it’s likely cheating affected the 2020 outcome, including 30% who say it’s Not At All Likely. These findings are similar to previous surveys in May and March. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Nearly half the country, fifty percent (50%), think it is at least somewhat likely there will be widespread cheating that will affect the outcome of this fall’s congressional elections, including 24% who say it’s Very Likely. Forty-one percent (41%) don’t believe cheating is likely to affect the November midterms, including 22% who say it’s Not At All Likely.
The fact that 50% of America is concerned tells you everything you need to know regarding America’s confidence in election integrity, which isn’t much at all at this point.
Voters remain very skeptical of mail-in ballots, and the percentage of people who believe vote-by-mail will lead to more cheating is much higher.
Fifty-eight percent (58%) think it’s at least somewhat likely that wider use of mail-in voting will lead to more cheating in elections, including 39% who say it’s Very Likely. Thirty-six percent (36%) don’t believe mail-in voting is likely to lead to more cheating, including 16% who say it’s Not At All Likely. In October 2021, 65% said wider use of mail-in voting would lead to more cheating in elections.
The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on July 5, 2022, by Rasmussen Reports and The National Pulse. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Seventy-six percent (76%) of Republicans, 37% of Democrats, and 64% of voters not affiliated with either major party think it’s more important to make sure there is no cheating in elections. Sixty percent (60%) of Democrats, 20% of Republicans, and 33% of unaffiliated voters say making it easier for everybody to vote is more important.
President Joe Biden’s strongest supporters are least concerned about cheating in elections. Among voters who Strongly Approve of Biden’s performance as president, just nine percent (9%) think it is more important to prevent cheating in elections while 88% believe making it easier for everybody to vote is more important. By contrast, among voters who Strongly Disapprove of Biden’s performance, 92% say it’s more important to prevent cheating in elections and just seven percent (7%) think making it easier for everybody to vote is more important.