Political soothsayers, including President Donald Trump, were predicting that unprecedented early and mail-in voting would undermine confidence in the results of the 2020 presidential election. It looks like they were right.
Only 49% of the registered voters surveyed believe that President-elect Joe Biden won the election, according to a Scott Rasmussen and Just the News Daily poll. In addition, 39 percent believe that President Trump was actually the victor, with another 16% simply unsure.
When examined further along the two party lines, the disparity is shocking. For instance, 87 percent of Democrats peg the former vice president as the winner, while six percent believe Trump victorious and only seven percent who who are unsure. On the Republican side, 77 percent believe Trump to be the winner with 12 percent picking Biden and 11 percent unsure.
Voters who described themselves as independents closely mirrored the overall poll results. Only 42 percent of them thought Biden had won, while nearly 25 percent said Trump won and one-third responded that they were unsure.
Although this data was collected before major media called the election for Biden on Saturday, these numbers should be troubling to both parties. It seems by and large, people just don’t believe the election results. This is a serious problem for a nation that is based on free and fair elections that facilitate peaceful transfer of power.
Especially among Republican voters, a whopping 70 percent are skeptical of election results, according to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. That number has doubled since before the election, and it may be explained by the way this year’s presidential election was conducted.
For the first time ever, nearly 84% of Americans were able to vote by mail this election year, according to the Washington Post. Some states like California and Nevada took to automatically mailing ballots to all registered voters ostensibly to deal with the danger presented by voting in person due to COVID-19 (on Election Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allowed even people with the virus to vote in person anyway). Anyone that has ever gotten the previous tenant’s junk mail knows how easily unsolicited ballots could fall into the wrong hands.
On top of the vote-by-mail disasters, many key states have reported irregularities such as a software glitch that switched thousands of Republican votes to Democrat votes in Michigan, as well as problems in the swing state of Pennsylvania that allowed ballots received late to be counted anyway and barred election observers from overseeing counting.
A guy named Al Schmidt, a Philadelphia Commissioner and so-called Republican (RINO), is being used big time by the Fake News Media to explain how honest things were with respect to the Election in Philadelphia. He refuses to look at a mountain of corruption & dishonesty. We win!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2020
Meanwhile, Biden is being lauded by the media as the walk-away winner of the 2020 election while Trump still litigates these races. Even if Biden is eventually inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, it will be under a cloud of suspicion.