Most voters in new poll oppose election delay

Most voters in new poll oppose election delay
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Most voters oppose a delayed Election Day as suggested by President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE last week, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Of those surveyed in a Reuters-Ipsos poll, 66 percent of registered voters were against postponing the election due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and the legitimacy of mail-in voting.

Eight in 10 Democrats and 5 in 10 Republicans expressed their disapproval of moving the presidential election back. A total of 23 percent of poll participants, who Reuters noted were mostly Republican, approved of a possible election delay, while 11 percent said they were unsure.

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The polls followed a tweet by the president last week in which he proposed the idea of delaying the November presidential elections by calling into doubt the accuracy of mail-in voting and saying it increases the potential for fraud. There is no evidence to support that fraud increases with absentee or mail-in voting.

Lawmakers from both sides were quick to dismiss the suggested delay after the Thursday tweet.

When asked why the president would want to push back the elections, a majority of those polled, 54 percent, said they thought Trump was trying to help his reelection efforts. Forty-two percent said they think that a delay makes Trump think “he will have a better chance of winning.”

A total of 21 percent said the proposed postponement traced to the president’s concerns over voter fraud. Twelve percent said Trump “wants to distract the country from the pandemic and the economy,” and 10 percent said he “wants to protect Americans from the spread of coronavirus at polling locations.”

Overall, Democrats mostly believed Trump was attempting to protect himself by pushing back the elections, while Republicans mostly agreed the president was attempting to keep U.S. elections safe.

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The Reuters-Ipsos poll surveyed 882 registered voters between July 31-Aug. 4 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. 

A separate Reuters-Ipsos poll released Wednesday found that registered voters supported presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio MORE by 10 percentage points more than Trump.

A plurality of respondents said Biden would be better at handling the pandemic at 44 percent, as 57 percent disapproved of Trump’s pandemic management. A total of 38 percent backed Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. 

This separate poll was conducted between Aug. 3-4, surveying 964 registered voters and having a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. 

The president has waged war on mail-in voting after several state elections have been slowed down by the process. Interest in mail-in voting skyrocketed during the pandemic as people avoid going to public places like polling stations.