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NBC News Poll: 50 percent of Republicans doubt their vote will be counted accurately

WASHINGTON — There’s been a significant decline over the past year in voters who think their vote will be counted accurately, a trend driven mainly by Republicans — most of whom still believe false claims that President Joe Biden didn’t legitimately win the 2020 election, according to a new NBC News poll .

Two-thirds of all registered voters, 66 percent, say they are confident their vote will be counted accurately, down from 85 percent in October 2020. And 29 percent say they are not confident that their vote will be counted accurately in the future, compared to 11 percent who said the same a year ago.

While Democrats have stayed steady on the issue (89 percent say they’re confident their vote will be counted accurately), Republicans’ confidence in the vote has fallen dramatically as former President Donald Trump has spent much of the past year making baseless and false claims about fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

Last year, 84 percent of Republicans said they were confident in the vote count, about on par with Democrats. But now, 41 percent of Republicans share that view, while 50 percent say they are not confident their vote will be counted accurately.

There’s been a slight uptick in distrust among independents, too — from 84 percent confident and 13 percent not confident in October 2020 to 76 percent confident and 22 percent not confident now.

Just 22 percent of Republican adults believe that Biden was elected legitimately, while 71 percent of independents and 93 percent of Democrats said they believe that Biden’s election was legitimate.

Overall, 58 percent of adults believe Biden was legitimately elected, while 38 percent say he was not. Majorities of most demographic groups believe in the legitimacy of Biden’s election. But just 35 percent of rural voters, 42 percent of whites without a college degree and 21 percent of those not vaccinated against Covid-19 say Biden’s election was legitimate.

In comparison, after the contested 2000 presidential election in Florida was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court in a decision that determined the winner, the public’s trust in the legitimacy of the presidential election dipped to a similar point.

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