GW Politics Poll Shows Lack of Trust by Republicans in Biden Won States

July 26, 2021

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A new GW Politics Poll shows that just 44% of Republicans and 76% of Democrats have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in their state election administrators. This is important because they are the people who manage the voting process and count the ballots. The poll showed that Republican confidence in state and local election officials is very low in states Biden won. 

In the states that Trump won 7 in 10 Republicans trust their state election officials and 78%trust their local officials. Those numbers drop significantly in the states that Biden won to just 24% for state and 50% for local. Among Democrats, in states where Biden won trust in state officials is 19 points higher and trust in local officials is 8 points higher than in states which Trump won.  

Similar to other polls, the GW Politics Poll found that only 20% of Republicans were confident in the 2020 election results compared to the more than 90% confidence amongDemocrats.  

Other Results: 

Issue priorities by party:

  • 61% of Republicans and 94% of Democrats see addressing the pandemic as very or somewhat important.

  • 43% of Republicans and 92% of Democrats say addressing race in this country is very or somewhat important. 

  • 21% of Republicans and 83% of Democrats say that changing the nation's gun laws is very or somewhat important. 

  • 28% of Republicans and 91% of Democrats see dealing with global climate change as somewhat or very important. 

  • 98% of Republicans think that strengthening the nation's economy is very or somewhat important compared to the 89% of Democrats.


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About the Poll

The GW Politics Poll is managed jointly by GW's School of Media and Public Affairs, Graduate School of Political Management and Department of Political Science. YouGov, a respected leader in online polling, conducted the academic, nonpartisan research poll for GW. 

The survey was conducted by YouGov of 1,753 registered U.S. voters from June 4 to 23 was the final wave of a four-wave panel study that began in October 2020


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