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 BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' MORE won the 2020 presidential election amid unsubstantiated cries of fraud from President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum 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.


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 RomneySenators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' Trump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed MORE (Utah) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP torpedoes election bill; infrastructure talks hit snag White House digs in as infrastructure talks stall MORE (Maine) and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineOhio GOP governor comes out against controversial state anti-vaccine bill Overnight Health Care: Biden says US donation of 500 million vaccines will 'supercharge' global virus fight | Moderna asks FDA to clear COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents FDA extends shelf life of J&J vaccine amid concern over expiring doses MORE.


On Tuesday, when asked if he was communicating with Biden’s transition team, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? 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.