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Poll: 61 percent of voters say it's important that Trump give concession speech

A majority of voters said they think it's important for President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE to give a concession speech, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Sixty-one percent of registered voters in the Nov. 10-18 survey said it's important for Trump to acknowledge President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE as the winner of the election.

By contrast, 39 percent said they think it's unimportant.

Seventy-one percent of Democratic respondents and 53 percent of Republicans said it is important for Trump to concede, with 60 percent of independents saying the same.

"Over six in 10 voters, including a slight majority of Donald Trump and Republican voters, believe it is important for the president to give a concession speech," Dritan Nesho, chief pollster and CEO of HarrisX, told Hill.TV.

"But the number of GOP voters holding back is significant and indicates the need for any recounts to be completed quickly and the elections to be fully certified by the states so that politics doesn’t undermine the legitimacy of the election, " Nesho added.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 4,221 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte