Poll finds voter confidence in 2020 election outcome is plummeting as media hammers Trump
The term irony doesn’t even begin to capture what we’ve seen over the last four years.
In the final presidential debate in October 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump sent libs into orbit when he coyly touted how he’d take the election outcome. “I will look at it at the time,” he said. “I will keep you in suspense.”
Hillary Clinton responded by calling Trump’s attitude “horrifying.”
“He is denigrating — he is talking down our democracy,” she sniffed. “It’s funny, but it’s also really troubling,” Clinton added. “That is not the way our democracy works.”
No, it’s not. The next day Trump quipped that he’d accept the results, “if I win.” Yet as we now know, he did win, and it’s been Hillary, the Democrats, the liberal media and progressive activists who have refused to accept the results — even concocting madcap theories, such as Russian collusion, to justify their doubts.
Looking at 2020, the voters’ faith in the system dwindles amid the perpetual refusal by Democrats and the media to come to grips with Trump’s victory, with phantom narratives about foreign interference, voter suppression and lately, even stolen mailboxes.
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that just 45 percent answered “yes” when asked if they thought the votes would be accurately counted in November. That was down 14 percentage points from September 2016, which was a month before Trump vowed to keep us wondering.
On the other hand, 45 percent said “no” to the same question. That was up 11 percentage points from four years ago.
Forbes pointed out that “trust differed sharply by political affiliation, with only 36% of Republicans believing all votes would be counted accurately versus 55% of Democrats.”
The lefty media, of course, blame Trump for this, as they continually raise doubts about his legitimacy. They note his questioning of Democratic proposals for universal mail-in voting — via which states send all voters ballots regardless of need or accuracy of the information, rather than individual voters requesting absentee ballots — is “undercutting” the upcoming election, as PBS put it.
The New York Times didn’t even pretend to give Trump the benefit of the doubt, with a headline that said, “Ahead of D.N.C. (Democratic National Convention), Trump Digs In on Effort to Undermine Confidence in the Election.”
The Times, like most liberals everywhere, simply ignore headlines that counter their narrative, such as earlier this month when New York City election officials rejected 21 percent of primary mail-in ballots, or that New York state officials still cannot decide two congressional races nearly two months after the vote because they couldn’t process 400,000 mail-in ballots in a timely manner, or that California officials tossed 102,000 mailed ballots, including 70,000 that were simply late, in the state’s March primary.
What’s remarkable about the NBC News/Wall Street Journal findings is how rapidly confidence is sinking.
Just one month ago, a poll by the website JustTheNews.com and pollster Scott Rasmussen found that 68 percent of respondents were very or somewhat confident that the votes would be tallied correctly and the winner accurately identified. Just 27 percent felt little or no confidence in the results.
“It’s perhaps not surprising, but chilling nonetheless, that a quarter of the nation’s voters lack confidence that the votes will be accurately counted and the correct winner of the presidential election declared,” Rasmussen said.
It seems unless something changes soon, in 2020 plenty of us will be in self-made suspense on election night, and beyond.
PHOTO: Octavio Jones / Reuters
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