Poll: Two-thirds of Republicans still think the 2020 election was rigged

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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.

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, this 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.Donald Trump holding a sign: Then-President Donald Trump speaks at the “Save America Rally” near the White House on Jan. 6. (Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! News Then-President Donald Trump speaks 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.Trump supporters outside the Capitol amid the insurrection. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! News 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 U.S. Capitol, and the vast majority of that 48 percent blaming Trump himself.

A closer look at the respondents’ party affiliations show 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 U.S. 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 Jan. 6, 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 disagreed.


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.

10 thoughts on “Poll: Two-thirds of Republicans still think the 2020 election was rigged

    1. X factor prove it wasn’t stolen? What’s the fear of an forensic audit? As the rioters: there are time lines in when the people left the speech and the first group of people were in the capital: what needs to be examined is those videos without redaction or manipulated visual effects: the turkey doesn’t jive. The anti fa was there. Why did 4 police officers committed suicide? Why was ashli Babbitt unarmed civilian death not taken to the courts against the officer: just like Floyd: or are capital policeman exempt from hearing of his peers? Why were capital policeman waving the people into the house? Who is Sullivan?

  1. In opposition to your statements throughout the article, there is a preponderance of evidence supporting election rigging. You have closed your eyes and minds for whatever reasons.

  2. Explain to me how a man who couldn’t get 81 people at a rally could get 81 million votes in a national election. That’s way more than Obama got.

  3. We need a complete rejection and re do of the 2020 election, with voter ID and address verification. Kick all the fakes out, term limits, fire fauci. Dump the whole mess and reboot!!!

  4. I am tired of the Communist Propaganda in this country. The Dummycrats are the new Facists. The elections have been tampered with for years. Just blatant. Maybe a good way to show people who don’t believe the election was rigged is to just do what the Dummycrats did. Let’s have the Republicans stuff the ballot boxes. Let’s have the dead vote republican. Just sayin”

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