The poll came after Trump stated on July 6 saying: "Election reform must happen in swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Arizona where voters have lost confidence in their electoral process."
Joe Biden may have won the White House, but in the political battle over election integrity, former President Donald Trump seems to be winning.
A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports finds that 61% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with a statement Trump issued last week on his website: “Election Reform must happen in Swing States like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Arizona where voters have lost confidence in their electoral process.” That includes 42% who Strongly Agree. Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters disagree with Trump’s statement, including 25% who Strongly Disagree.
The percentage of voters favoring Trump’s statement was larger than those matching a quote from a recent speech by Biden, who said America is “facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War.” Fifty-six percent (56%) agree with Biden, including 33% who Strongly Agree. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree with Biden, including 26% who strongly disagree.
Here are how the results of the Rasmussen poll break down:
42% strongly agree with Trump’s statement and 19% "somewhat" agree.
34% disagree with Trump’s statement.
84% of Republicans agree with Trump.
56% of likely voters agree with President Joe Biden’s statement that America is "facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War" regarding election reforms.
33% "strongly" agree with Biden, while 23% "somewhat" agree.
37% disagree with Biden.
82% of Democrats agree with the president.
63% of independents agree with Trump about election reform, compared to 41% who agree with Biden’s statement.
The poll, carried on July 15 and 18, asked 1,000 likely voters in the U.S. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The survey came after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, had vetoed an election reform bill that had been passed by the GOP-held state Legislature.
Trump's statement slammed the 2020 presidential election featuring dead registered voters being kept on voter rolls by Pennsylvania's then-secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar.
The battle of statements between the president and ex-president comes as several states, including Georgia, have enacted new voting laws discussing issues raised in the wake of last year’s election. In April, 51% of voters said it was likely that cheating changed the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. That April survey found most voters (60%) believe it is more necessary to make sure there is no deception in elections than to make it easier for everybody to vote.