After months of claiming the election was stolen, vowing to not concede, fighting the results in court, and encouraging his supporters to take action into their own hands, President Donald Trump finally acknowledged on Jan. 7 that a new administration would be inaugurated. The decision to concede was met with support from a majority of Republican voters, according to a new survey from Morning Consult, but Trump’s monthslong campaign against the election results has cratered trust in the democratic process.
Just 27 percent of GOP voters now say they trust U.S. elections, down from 30 percent in late December and 72 percent in late September. Even fewer Republicans (22 percent) say the 2020 presidential election was free and fair. And a similar share say the same about the recent Georgia Senate elections, despite relatively quick and unqualified concessions from the two Republican candidates — a potential signal that distrusting the validity of unfavorable outcomes is the new default position for much of the right.
The latest findings are based on a Jan. 8-10 survey of 1,995 registered voters nationwide, and are part of an ongoing research project to gauge the level of trust Americans have in their electoral system. Results will be updated on this page weekly.