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Poll: Majority of Clinton supporters accept Trump as legitimate

Greg Nash

About three-quarters of Hillary Clinton’s supporters say they accept Donald Trump’s election as legitimate, a new Gallup poll found.

Seventy-six percent of Clinton supporters accept Trump as the legitimate president, while 23 percent do not.

{mosads}Among all adults surveyed, 84 percent accept the president-elect as legitimate. And unsurprisingly, a full 100 percent of Trump’s supporters say he is the legitimate president.

Al Gore’s supporters in the 2000 presidential race were slightly less likely than Clinton’s backers to accept the outcome of the election, with 68 percent saying they accept George W. Bush as the legitimate president.

In both cases, the Democratic candidate won the popular vote but lost out on the presidency by not gaining enough votes in the Electoral College.

Sixty percent of Clinton supporters say the country has suffered permanent harm from the election. That number drops substantially to 38 percent among all adults, and just 17 percent of Trump supporters.

The poll is based on a random sample of 511 adults who were surveyed on Wednesday. The survey has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.


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