Amid swirling narratives and claims surrounding the 2020 and 2022 election cycles, one thing is clear: Americans no longer seem to trust their election system.
According to a new survey from Rasmussen Reports, 56 percent of U.S. likely voters believe “it’s likely that cheating will affect the outcome of the next presidential election,” while 33 percent think it’s “very likely.”
In 2020, allegations and reports surfaced in the wake of the presidential election that have made voters uneasy, especially when it comes to the safety and security of utilizing mass mail-in ballots.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently explained the dangers of mail-in ballots, telling Tucker Carlson last week, “I know that mail-in ballots are completely unreliable…when they say you can’t prove voter fraud, they are right…when you change it to mailing it out to everybody – we have no idea – we have no idea who’s voting.”
President Donald Trump explained on The Megyn Kelly Show that his political opponents “used Covid to cheat,” likely referring to the infrastructure of nationwide mail-in ballots that were put in place during the pandemic.
Kelly asked the president how, if the 2020 presidential election was rigged, American voters could have confidence that it wouldn’t be rigged in 2024.
“We have unbelievable people who are going to be fighting like hell,” the president responded, keeping his answer slightly ambiguous. “…They’re going to vote in numbers like they’ve never seen before.”
This week in South Carolina, Trump told supporters in Summerville that the 2020 election was “rigged” but vowed, “We’re NOT going to allow them to RIG the presidential election of 2024 or we’re not going to have a country!”
According to Rasmussen’s survey, their findings among likely U.S. voters have hardly changed at all since June, indicating that Americans appear to be firm in their belief that the U.S. election system is not as secure as they would like.