Less than one-third of Americans believe 2020 elections will be conducted fairly: survey

Less than one-third of Americans believe 2020 elections will be conducted fairly: survey
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Only 29 percent of Americans have faith that the 2020 elections will be conducted in an honest and open way, according to a survey released on Thursday from the Public Affairs Council.

Twenty-one percent of the survey respondents believe the elections will be neither honest nor open. The survey, conducted with Morning Consult, polled 2,199 adults on topics related to business, politics and government from Aug. 19 to 21.

Eighteen percent of respondents said they think the elections will be open to everyone with a right to vote but won’t be run in an honest way. Meanwhile, 14 percent think that the elections will be honest but not adequately open.


President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE on Thursday said he would accept a hypothetical Supreme Court ruling declaring Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe Biden 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Philadelphia shooting leaves 2 dead, injures toddler Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin MORE the winner in the election. The small concession follows him declining to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election.

“We’re going to have to see what happens, you know, but I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. The ballots are a disaster,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday.

The survey also found that election concerns are higher for Democrats. Sixty-one percent of Democrats said they were concerned, as did 51 percent of independents. Only 45 percent of Republicans said they were concerned about honesty, openness or both.

“We’ve never seen an American election with so much doubt about whether the results will reflect the will of the voters,” Public Affairs Council President Doug Pinkham said in a press release. “The question is whether these concerns produce record turnout or discourage infrequent voters from casting their ballots.”