April 15, 2024
Former President Donald Trump said Saturday that “82% of the country understands” the 2020 presidential election, which he lost to Joe Biden, was rigged. The front-runner for the 2024 Republican nomination made his oft-repeated claim that the previous presidential contest was stolen during a campaign stop in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Tar Heel State is […]

Former President Donald Trump said Saturday that “82% of the country understands” the 2020 presidential election, which he lost to Joe Biden, was rigged.

The front-runner for the 2024 Republican nomination made his oft-repeated claim that the previous presidential contest was stolen during a campaign stop in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Tar Heel State is one of 15 that will hold primary elections on Super Tuesday.

“Do you ever notice they go after the people that want to find out where the cheating was?” Trump asked, perhaps a reference to the criminal charges he faces in Georgia and Washington, D.C., related to his alleged attempts to subvert the 2020 presidential election results. “And by the way, 82% of the country understands that it was a rigged election. You can’t have a country with that. A poll came out, 82%.”

The source and timing of the poll Trump cited are unclear. However, in November 2021, the Public Religion Research Institute released the results of its American Values Survey, which included a section on extremism, conspiracies, and QAnon. That poll found that 82% of “Republicans who most trust Fox News” either “completely agree” or “mostly agree” that the election a year prior was stolen from Trump. That percentage among all respondents was just 31.

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In the same survey last year, only 65% of the Republicans who said they most trust Fox News believed that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, while the number among all respondents increased to 32%.

After winning caucuses in Missouri and Idaho and sweeping delegates at Michigan’s Republican Party convention on Saturday, Trump is up to 244 delegates en route to the 1,215 needed to become the party’s presidential nominee. Should he hold on to his commanding lead over former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, he will advance to the general election, in which he is likely to face Biden again.

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