More American today think that cheating affected the 2020 presidential campaign than in April, says a new survey by Rasmussen.
“How likely is it that cheating affected the outcome of the 2020 presidential election?”
Majority, Likely: April 2021 – 51% … Oct 2021 – 56%
DEM: Now 32% – Was 30%
IND: Now 54% – Was 51%
GOP: Now 84% – Was 74%
All Voters: 56% – Was 51% https://t.co/KJoK8ZDCSG
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) October 14, 2021
The survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted in Oct. 7 and Oct. 10 found that 56% of all voters today think cheating affected the result versus 51% in April.
The increase was across three voting groups with 32% of Democrat voters now saying that cheating affected the outcome versus 30% in April; independents weighing in at 54% now versus 51% in April and Republicans at 84% now versus 74% in April.
The poll has a margin of error at +/- 3%.
The survey also found that Americans overwhelmingly agree that more mail-in voting will increase the likelihood of cheating.
“65% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that wider use of mail-in voting will lead to more cheating in elections, including 51% who say it’s Very Likely,” reported Rasmussen.
“Twenty-eight percent (28%) don’t think more mail-in voting will mean more cheating, including 14% who say it is Not At All Likely,” it said.
As a result, GOP states have begun to impose legislative election-integrity safeguards against mail-in voting, most notably in Texas and Georgia.
“Texas is the latest state to crack down, after the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a bill Tuesday taking aim at Democratic-leaning counties that have sought to expand access to the ballot,” said the Associated Press.
The AP noted that more than 40% of all ballots cast last year were mail-in ballots.
COVID restrictions, including social distancing, saw some states expand the legal definition of “absentee ballot” as an emergency measure in 2020.
In Pennsylvania, for example, Democrats and Republicans are fighting in court over the expansion of the use of absentee ballots as a mail-in ballot.
The GOP says that absentee ballots were not meant to be used as a mail-in ballot under the circumstances surrounding COVID.