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Poll: Plurality of voters believe it's never appropriate for a sitting president to cite voter fraud as a reason not to leave office

A plurality of voters say it is never appropriate for a sitting president who loses a general election to cite voter fraud as a reason to refuse to leave office, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Forty-four percent of registered voters in the survey say it is never appropriate.

Twenty-seven percent say it is appropriate only when there is hard evidence of voter fraud.

Fourteen percent say it is only appropriate when the courts say so or order a recall and another 14 percent believe it is appropriate when there is suspicion of voter fraud.

The survey found 62 percent of Democratic voters said it is never appropriate for a president to cite voter fraud as a reason not to leave the White House.

By contrast, 23 percent of Republican voters agree.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 951 registered voters between Oct. 13 and 14. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.18 percentage points. 

Gabriela Schulte