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Half of Republicans in new poll say election was 'rigged,' stolen from Trump

Roughly half of Republicans believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE “rightfully won” the election, with 68 percent saying they had concerns about a “rigged” vote counting process in favor of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE, according to a new Reuters-Ipsos opinion poll released Wednesday.

Overall, 73 percent of Americans polled in the Nov. 13-17 survey said they believed Biden won the election, while 5 percent say they thought Trump won. 

However, only 29 percent of Republicans believed that Biden had “rightfully won,” compared to 52 percent of Republicans who said the same about Trump. 

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The poll also reported that 55 percent of adults believed the 2020 election was “legitimate and accurate,” a 7 percentage point decrease from a similar poll released following the 2016 election. 

On Nov. 7, after a days-long tally of absentee ballots across U.S. states, The Associated Press and other major news outlets officially called the race for Biden, although Trump has since refused to concede, citing unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in an attempt by Democrats to steal the election. 

These claims followed months of Trump’s repeated allegations, without evidence, that voting by mail was a practice rampant with voter fraud. 

The Trump campaign has launched a series of legal battles disputing the election results in key battleground states, although Republicans announced this week that they would be dropping federal election lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 5-2 against the Trump campaign in a lawsuit alleging that its representatives had been unlawfully deprived of an adequate opportunity to watch the vote count in Philadelphia.

Biden leads Trump by more than 73,000 votes in the Keystone State with more than 98 percent of the vote counted.