POLL: Nearly half of Americans think there was fraud in the 2020 presidential election

And a majority of those surveyed voted for Joe Biden

Updated: December 17, 2020 - 3:42pm

The Facts Inside Our Reporter’s Notebook

In a new poll, the majority of those surveyed said there was "serious" fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

The poll, conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, found that a 46% think there was fraud, while 45% say otherwise.

"There is one stunning result in the entire poll: Americans believe there was a serious vote fraud problem in the last election,” Jim and John McLaughlin said in a Newsmax column.

“Among American voters the majority is not convinced that voter fraud did not occur in their presidential election. It is important to note that the poll model reflects the national popular vote of 51% Biden, 47% Trump,” they wrote.

And a majority of those surveyed voted for Joe Biden.

"It is concerning that in this poll where a majority of voted for Biden, they still can’t say it was an honest election," the pollsters wrote. "Since Election Day, and despite media spin the election fraud story is a big nothing, belief among voters of serious vote fraud has grown."

"Trump voters say that there was fraud 80% to 10%. But 16% of Biden voters said that there was fraud as well," the pollsters wrote. "Republicans said that there was fraud 75% to 15%, but 41% of Independents agreed, as did 22% among Democrats. 

Conservatives said that there was fraud 74% to 19%, but so did 30% among moderates, and 29% among liberals."

Among other findings:

  • Only 35% say that the country is headed in the right direction. That was a decline from 41% in the Nov. 3 post-election poll.
  • The generic ballot for Congress remains a virtual dead heat with Republicans at 48% and Democrats at 46%. In our November 24th Newsmax national poll, Republicans led 47% to 45%.
  • The president’s positive job approval rating is 48% which is the same rating as our November 24th Newsmax national poll.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remains a very unpopular figure among the majority of voters, 56%, having an unfavorable opinion with only 33% favorable to her, down from Nov. 3 poll with 36% favorable to 54% unfavorable.
  • The majority of 52%, want President Trump to continue to fight to change Washington. In September, it was the same share, 52%.
  • The majority prefers free market capitalism over big government socialism, 58% to 16%. In September, they preferred capitalism over socialism 60% to 18%.
  • The plurality of voters prefers smaller government with fewer services over larger government 48% to 36%. In the Nov. 3, post-election poll, the percentages were 53% to 46%.

In the survey, voters – by a 52% to 41% margin – also said Trump should continue fight to change Washington.