Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters believe that Joe Biden was legitimately elected president in 2020. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that a similar number –61%–believe Donald Trump was legitimately elected president in 2016. Just 26% of voters believe the proper winner was declared in each of those elections.
Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters believe activists and politicians in both political parties would steal an election if they could get away with it. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree.
Most Republicans and Independents believe both sides would steal an election if they could. Democrats are evenly divided on the question.
Data released earlier showed that just 13% of voters have a favorable opinion of those who broke into the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 77% have an unfavorable view.
Among those who prefer policies advocated by former President Trump, just 19% have a favorable opinion of those who broke into the Capitol. Sixty-one percent (61%) offer an unfavorable view.
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Who do you believe was the legitimate winner of the 2016 presidential election—Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?
24% Hillary Clinton
61% Donald Trump
15% Not sure
Okay… Who do you believe was the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election—Joe Biden or Donald Trump?
57% Joe Biden
31% Donald Trump
12% Not sure
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: “Political activists and candidates in both political parties are willing to steal an election if they can get away with it.”
25% Strongly agree
30% Somewhat agree
17% Somewhat disagree
16% Strongly disagree
12% Not sure
The survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on January 3-4, 2022. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.