Poll: 78 percent of voters say it’s inappropriate to claim victory before all votes are counted

11/05/20

An overwhelming majority of voters in a new Hill-HarrisX poll say it’s inappropriate for a candidate to claim victory before all votes are counted.

Seventy-eight percent of registered voters in the survey said it was inappropriate to declare victory before all votes are counted, while 25 percent said it was appropriate.

The survey was conducted Nov. 2-4, before and after Election Day. A previous poll conducted Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 found similar results, with 75 percent of respondents saying it was inappropriate to declare victory before all votes were counted.

The latest survey found 71 percent of Republicans, 81 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of independents all said it is inappropriate for a candidate to claim victory before all votes have been counted.

“Regardless of party affiliation and how they voted, Americans want a thorough counting of the vote and an orderly end to the election process,” Dritan Nesho, CEO and lead pollster of HarrisX, told Hill.TV.

President Trump prematurely declared victory in the presidential race during an appearance at the White House after midnight on Tuesday night, claiming “we did win this election” even as vote counting continued in states across the country.

Votes are still being counted in key battlegrounds such as Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina and Georgia, with Democratic nominee Joe Biden maintaining multiple paths to 270 electoral votes.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 2,987 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.82 percentage points. 

Gabriela Schulte

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