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Poll: Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say Biden won, despite Trump refusing to concede

Poll: Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say Biden won, despite Trump refusing to concede
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The overwhelming majority of Americans say President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE won the 2020 presidential election amid unsubstantiated cries of fraud from President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE, according to a Reuers/Ipsos poll released Tuesday.

The survey, conducted from Saturday afternoon to Tuesday, showed 79 percent of U.S. adults believe Biden is the winner of the presidential election. Approximately 60 percent of Republicans said Biden won.

Most news outlets called the race for Biden on Saturday afternoon after he was projected to win Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes.

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Trump has thus far refused to concede defeat, waging lawsuits in multiple battleground states. Most legal experts say these lawsuits will accomplish little to nothing, in part due to the lack of evidence presented so far.

On Tuesday, Biden called Trump's refusal to concede an "embarrassment."

“The only thing that — how can I say this tactfully — I think it will not help the president’s legacy,” the former vice president said during a press conference on health care.

Without fully agreeing with Trump’s claims, many GOP leaders have yet to congratulate or recognize Biden’s win and have joined in the call for all “legal votes” to be counted and for “illegal votes” to be dismissed. 

Some high-ranking Republican officials have congratulated Biden, including Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate Biden's picks face peril in 50-50 Senate Murkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo MORE (Utah) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Overnight Health Care: Johnson & Johnson vaccine safe, effective in FDA analysis | 3-4 million doses coming next week | White House to send out 25 million masks Biden's picks face peril in 50-50 Senate MORE (Maine) and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineStates paying billions in fraudulent unemployment claims Governors mark 'Ronald Reagan Day' Reports of unemployment fraud increase as states mail out tax forms MORE.

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On Tuesday, when asked if he was communicating with Biden’s transition team, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoChina labels human rights criticism 'groundless' Trump to attend private RNC donor retreat On China, is Biden channeling Trump or Trump's administration? They're not the same MORE said, “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration."

The State Department did not respond to requests for clarification.

The survey was part of a larger one having to do with the election process. Seventy percent of Americans said they trust their election officials to “do their job honestly,” 72 percent said they believe the loser of the election should concede defeat and 60 percent believe a peaceful transition of power is coming in January.

The poll had a sample size of 1,363 and had a credibility interval of about 5 points.