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CNBC/Change Poll: Only 3 Percent Of Trump Voters Consider Election Legitimate

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A supporter of President Donald Trump stands with a sign  outside the Philadelphia Convention Center. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 24 November 2020 06:33 PM

Only 3% of those who voted for Donald Trump consider tallies showing Joe Biden winning the election are legitimate.

In stark contrast, a whopping 73% view the incumbent Republican as the rightful winner, a CNBC/Change Research poll released Tuesday said.

The results were relatively consistent among demographic groups sorted by age, education, and primary television news source. However, all 3% of those who believe Biden was the legitimate winner listed Fox News Channel as their primary source.

(Since the election and dispute over the outcome, many in the Fox News audience have shifted to Newsmax, which has seen a sharp rise in ratings and demand for its online app among people critical of what they call Fox's increasingly muddled message on the current administration.)

The poll parallels a survey released by the communications and messaging firm Seven Letter, which said on Monday that 79% of Trump voters believe the election was, in fact, stolen.

In the CNBC/Change poll, 73% of Trump voters believe the 74-year-old native New Yorker to be the legitimate winner of the presidential election, 66% percent among Fox viewers and 84% among Newsmax viewers.

“Trump voters who say Newsmax is one of their primary political news sources are particularly likely to call Trump the real winner,” the text of the poll said.

Moreover, 31% said Trump should “fight in court until states certify results, and then concede to Joe Biden if Biden is certified the winner,” but more than twice as many believe Trump should “fight in court until the Electoral College votes, and never concede to Joe Biden.”

Only 3% of Trump voters believe he should concede and begin any transition. 

This week, the General Services Administration authorized the start of transition activity and cooperation between the current White House and a Biden one, freeing up office space, millions of dollars in resources and access to intelligence briefings on a range of topics.

Trump, however, has remained steadfast in his contention that he won the election, and that widespread voter fraud helped tilt the numbers to Biden in several battleground states. Many of his legal challenges have failed, but he continues to press the case for recounts and reexaminations of ballots in places including Pennsylvania, and his legal team is aiming to take their case all the way to the Supreme Court -- a position applauded by dedicated Trump followers.

Newsmax itself, while calling more states for Biden based on certification of the votes, has not yet declared Biden the president-elect while those challenges are playing out.

The survey of 1,203 Trump voters was conducted online Nov. 18-21 and had a margin of error of 2.83 percentage points.

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Only 3% of those who voted for Donald Trump consider vote tallies showing Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election as legitimate, with 73% viewing the incumbent as the rightful winner, a CNBC/Change Research poll...
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