New poll says 67% of GOP voters think Biden's win was illegitimate

New poll says 67% of GOP voters think Biden's win was illegitimate

May 17, 2021

Trump says ‘there is no way Biden won the election’ after new poll says 67% of GOP voters do not consider president to be the legitimate winner

  • In a post on his website on Sunday, Donald Trump said the Republican Party was ‘very strong’
  • He shared a new CBS News poll on the views of GOP voters regarding the legitimacy of the election and Liz Cheney’s ouster
  • The survey found that 67 per cent of self-identified Republicans did not consider President Joe Biden the legitimate winner of the election
  • It also showed that 80 per cent of those asked agreed with Cheney’s removal, which followed her criticism of Trump 

Former President Donald Trump has claimed ‘there is no way’ Biden won the 2020 Presidential Election after a poll suggested the majority of GOP voters agree. 

A CBS News poll published on Sunday showed that 67 per cent of self-described Republicans did not think that President Joe Biden was the legitimate winner of the election. 

‘Breaking News! New polling by CBS News on the state of the Republican Party (which is very strong!),’ Trump wrote on his own website. 

”President Trump has a strong hold on the GOP.” 80% of Republicans agree with the removal of Liz Cheney from GOP Leadership and only 20% disagree.

‘The poll also showed that 67% of Republicans said that they do not consider Sleepy Joe Biden to be the legitimate winner of the 2020 Presidential Election. 

‘I agree with them 100%, just look at the facts and the data—there is no way he won the 2020 Presidential Election!’

Former President Donald Trump has claimed ‘there is no way’ Biden won the 2020 Presidential Election after a poll suggested the majority of GOP voters agree [File photo]

Trump has made several false claims of electoral fraud in the November presidential election in which he lost out on a second term. 

The claims – which include thousands of dead people voting – have been largely or entirely disproven and Biden’s victory was finalized by Congress on January 7.

Despite this, many GOP voters continue to agree with Trump.

The CBS News survey was conducted by YouGov between May 12 and 14. 

It spoke to 951 ‘self-identified Republicans (including Republicans and Republican-leaners)’.

The sample was weighted to be representative of Republicans in the previous national polls, according to several factors including gender, race and education. 

Despite the strong support for Trump’s claims, the poll showed that voters considered it most vital that GOP officials and candidates propose important legislation. 

Seventy-three per cent of respondents considered that very important, compared to 37 per cent who said it was very important for officials and candidates to support claims of 2020 election fraud.

Support for election fraud claims also fell behind agreement on economic policy and agreement on culture and values in terms of importance to voters.  

CBS News conducted the poll following the ouster on Wednesday of Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her leadership post.

The Wyoming lawmaker, who is the daughter of ex-US Vice-President Dick Cheney, had held the third-ranking post in the House of Representatives since 2019. 

She was voted out over her criticism of Trump, which included repeatedly rubbishing his unfounded claims regarding the election.

Eighty per cent of respondents to the poll said they agreed with her removal, with 69 per cent saying they felt that she was not on-message with the party.

Rep. Liz Cheney said told Fox News on Sunday that the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump for president were ‘misled’ and ‘betrayed’


Cheney also accused House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Elise Stefanik of being complicit in Trump’s lie that he won the 2020 election

Others gave their reasons as Cheney being wrong about the 2020 election or being unsupportive of Trump.

Those who opposed the lawmaker’s removal – roughly a fifth of the party, based on the poll – said there was room in the party for different views.

On Sunday, Cheney claimed that the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump for president were ‘misled’ and ‘betrayed.’

She also accused House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Elise Stefanik, the woman who replaced her as GOP Conference Chair, of being complicit in Trump’s lie that he won the 2020 election.

Cheney, who voted for Trump in last year’s contest, said she regrets that decision and argued the former president is a ‘real danger’ to democracy with his false claims of election fraud.

‘Former President Trump continues to be a real danger. What he’s doing and what he’s saying, his claims, his refusal to accept decisions by the courts, his claims continued as recently as yesterday that somehow this election was stolen,’ she said on Fox News Sunday.

She told Chris Wallace the Republicans who supported him were misled. 

‘Those millions of people that you mentioned who supported the president have been misled. They’ve been betrayed. And certainly as we see his continued action to attack our democracy, his continued refusal to accept the results of the last election, you see that ongoing danger,’ Cheney said.

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