According to a new poll by Reuters/Ipsos, most Americans believe that President-Elect Joe Biden won the Nov. 3 election. The poll found that 79% of U.S. adults believe Biden won the White House. A further 13% said that the election had not been decided yet, 3% said Trump won, and 5% said they do not know who won. Responses were split along party lines, with about six in 10 Republicans and almost every Democrat saying that Biden won.
This poll comes despite President Donald Trump doing all he can to dispute the results of the election. The Trump administration has claimed, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud took place. Trump claimed that “major fraud in our nation” was taking place and promised to challenge the election in the Supreme Court.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr has authorized federal investigations into “substantial” allegations of voting irregularities. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he foresees "a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”
The poll also showed that 70% of Americans, including 83% of Democrats and 59% of Republicans, trust local election officials to “do their job honestly.”
The majority of respondents, 72%, think the loser of the election must concede defeat. Only 60% believe that there will be a peaceful transition of power when Trump's term ends in January.
Reuters explains: "The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 1,363 U.S. adults in all, including 469 respondents who took the poll between Saturday afternoon and Tuesday. The poll has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 5 percentage points."