There is strong support for election reviews like the audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, a new poll shows, as many American voters believe President Joe Biden did not win fairly.
Rasmussen Reports released a survey on Wednesday, June 23, showing that 55% of likely U.S. voters support forensic audits of election results to ensure no voter fraud, more than seven months after the November election outcome was first announced.
The new survey indicates that 29% of the voters oppose such audits and 17% are not sure.
A solid majority of voters prefer the audits like Maricopa’s one partly because many of them did not believe President Biden won fair and square. The poll results show that 41% of voters said he did not win the presidential election “fairly,” while 50% said he did.
In the 2020 election, Biden won by about 45,000 votes in Maricopa County, larger than his 11,000-vote statewide margin. Former President Donald Trump and many of his supporters have insisted that the election results were unfair or rigged.
Arizona’s GOP-controlled state Senate is overseeing the audit of more than 2 million ballots cast in the county.
Many voters are concerned about casting doubt on the election process. The Rasmussen survey shows that 48% of voters think that expressing doubt about the outcome of elections undermines democracy in America. In comparison, 34% say expressing such doubts does not undermine democracy, and 18% are unsure.
According to the survey conducted on June 20-21 with 900 likely voters, 71% of Republican voters support forensic election audits like the one in Arizona, as do 38% of Democrats and 57% of voters not affiliated with either major party.
Most Republicans (70%) do not believe Biden won the 2020 presidential election fairly, a belief shared by 10% of Democrats and 45% of unaffiliated voters.
In the new survey, Democrats (56%) are more likely than Republicans (47%) or unaffiliated voters (38%) to believe that expressing doubt about the outcome of elections undermines democracy in America.
President Biden’s strongest supporters are most likely to oppose election audits, with 57% opposing audits like the one in Arizona.