Tuesday 6 December 2022

POLL: Republican Voters’ Confidence In Election Legitimacy Rose Sharply In 2022 Midterms

 Republican confidence in election legitimacy rose sharply in the 2022 midterms from the 2020 presidential election, a Pew Research poll from Dec. 1 shows.

Republican voters’ confidence in the accuracy of mail-in and absentee ballot counting spiked by 22 points between the two elections, rising from 19% in the 2020 presidential election to 41% in the 2022 midterm cycle, the poll demonstrated. Despite the seemingly high augmentation, a 58% majority of Republicans were “not too or not at all confident” votes were counted correctly in November’s election. Thirty-three percent of Republicans made up the “not too” confident category, while 10% of Republicans were “very” confident in midterm ballot counting.

Republican assurance in the accurate counting of in-person ballots rose by 11 percentage points from 2020 to 2022, jumping from 64% to 75% in the category. Democrats displayed confidence in both types of voting, with 97% believing in-person ballots were counted accurately, and 94% confident that mail-in and absentee votes were counted the same. 

Many Republicans raised concerns in 2020 over mass mail-in voting practices and the influence that big tech possibly had over the election. Roughly one in five voting machines reportedly malfunctioned in Maricopa County, Arizona, during the 2022 midterm elections. Despite the mishap, a judge refused to extend voting hours for those affected.

The poll surveyed 11,377 U.S. adults, 8,617 of whom reportedly voted in November’s election. Pew Research conducted the survey from Nov. 16-27 with a margin of error of +/- 1.5%.

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