Despite recount drama, high level of voter confidence in U.S. electoral system

High-profile controversies over vote tallies in several states during the midterms do not appear to have diminished public confidence in the country's electoral system, according to the latest American Barometer poll commissioned by Hill.TV.

The survey, conducted Friday and Saturday by the HarrisX polling company, found that 70 percent of registered voters agreed with the idea that ballots were being counted correctly and that the legitimate winner would be declared in races nationwide.

After the Nov. 6 election, several officials from both major parties raised concerns about vote counting efforts in Georgia and Florida, two states where Democratic candidates came up short in post-election tallies.

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) alleged that Republicans in her state tried to discard valid votes, while President TrumpDonald John TrumpProsecutors investigating Trump inaugural fund, pro-Trump super PAC for possible illegal foreign donations: NY Times George Conway: Why take Trump's word over prosecutors' if he 'lies about virtually everything' Federal judge says lawsuit over Trump travel ban waivers will proceed MORE and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate votes to end US support for Saudi war, bucking Trump Senators offer measure naming Saudi crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi slaying Meet Maduro, Venezuela's copycat dictator MORE (R-Fla.) accused Florida Democratic officials of engaging in vote fraud.

The allegations and recriminations don't seem to have had much of an effect on public opinion. The latest American Barometer findings were in line with an earlier survey conducted Nov. 7-13 by the Pew Research Center, which found that 70 percent of the public was confident that votes across the country were counted accurately.

"You see a consistent picture across the polls, there is trust in the process and trust in the final outcomes," Dritan Nesho, the CEO of HarrisX said on Monday's broadcast of Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking."

Democratic and Republican voters appear to have similar views on America's voting systems. Among the 1,001 registered voters surveyed, 69 percent of Republicans said they had confidence that the legitimate winner would be declared in every race across the country, while 72 percent of Democratic voters said the same. The poll has a sampling margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

Skepticism about electoral certification appears to increase with age. Just 23 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 34 expressed doubts that every race would be tabulated correctly.

Among respondents between 35 and 49 years old, 27 percent were skeptical. A third of voters between the ages of 50 and 64 raised doubts, while 39 percent of respondents over the age of 65 disagreed that the legitimate winner would be declared in every race.

—Matthew Sheffield