July 16, 2021: Thinking in general about U.S. elections, 59% of voters are at least somewhat confident the votes are accurately counted, and the proper person is declared the winner. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 36% lack such confidence, and 5% are not sure.
Those totals include 38% who are very confident in the election process and 19% who are not at all confident.
Not surprisingly, there is a vast partisan divide on this issue. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Democrats express confidence in the system, while 63% of Republicans do not. Independent voters are evenly divided: 46% have some level of confidence, while 41% do not.
This partisan divide is fairly typical—the party which controls the White House is more likely to consider the process fair. For example, 52% of Democrats still believe that Hillary Clinton was the legitimate winner of the 2016 election, and 66% of Republicans believe Donald Trump was the legitimate winner in 2020.
Overall, just 26% of voters believe that the right person was declared the winner in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.
The partisan divide could explain the different perceptions of voting rights legislation. Since almost 9-out-of-10 Democrats have confidence in the system, they might see a move to change voting rules as negative.
Since Republicans lack confidence in the system, they might see a need for improvement. These positions may be reversed the next time a Republican wins the White House.
Despite the intense partisan polarization, several election reforms are popular among voters from all partisan and demographic groups:
- 70% want all mail-in ballots to be received by Election Day.
- Sixty-five percent (65%) believe government agencies should be required to report the vote totals from all ballots either on Election Night or the next day.
- Seventy-six percent (76%) believe voters should be required to show photo ID before casting a ballot.
- Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe “ballot harvesting” should be outlawed. Twenty percent (20%) disagree, and 23% are not sure.
- ScottRasmussen.com, "59% of Voters Have Confidence in U.S. Election Results," July 14, 2021
- ScottRasmussen.com, "Just 26% Believe the Right Person was Declared Winner in Last Two Presidential Elections," March 8, 2021
- ScottRasmussen.com, "70% Want All Mail-in Ballots Received by Election Day," July 13, 2021
- ScottRasmussen.com, "76% Favor Photo ID Requirement for Voting," April 28, 2021
- ScottRasmussen.com, "57% Want Ballot Harvesting Banned; 20% Disagree," July 14, 2021
Scott Rasmussen is founder and president of the Rasmussen Media Group. He is a political analyst, author, public speaker, independent public opinion pollster and columnist for Creators Syndicate. Read Scott Rasmussen's Reports — More Here.
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