Republican Voters Will Trust Legislatures That Declare a Trump Win, Despite Competing Results From Media and Election Officials

Sean McElwee & Alexandria Sousa

Executive Summary

A new poll from The Justice Collaborative Institute and Data For Progress shows that in the event of a contested election that comes down to a single swing state, such as Pennsylvania, Republican voters would trust the Republican-controlled legislature of that state even if the Democratic Secretary of State and major media outlets including Fox News, called the election for former Vice President Joe Biden.

  • 70% of likely Republican voters would trust the Republican-controlled state legislature if they call the election and send a slate of electors for President Donald Trump to the electoral college, even if the Secretary of State had already certified that former Vice President Biden won the state.
  • Even if the Democratic Secretary of State and major news networks including Fox News made the call that former Vice President Joe Biden had won the presidency, 61% of likely Republican voters would still trust the Republican-controlled state legislature if they ignored these announcements and sent a slate of electors to the electoral college to vote for President Donald Trump anyway.
Republican Voters Will Trust Legislatures That Declare a Trump Win, Despite Competing Results From Media and Election Officials
Republican Voters Will Trust Legislatures That Declare a Trump Win, Despite Competing Results From Media and Election Officials