Arizona election revision heightened doubts about election results in 2020

  • Results from the Arizona audit, released in September, confirmed that Biden beat Trump in the state.
  • But the majority of Republicans have rejected the results of the review, believing instead that the recount found significant fraud.
  • A new poll from Monmouth University reveals the ongoing divide within Americans’ political beliefs.

When the organizers of the troubled GOP-led election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, finally released results from the months-long, often delayed recount in September, the results confirmed that President Joe Biden beat former President Donald Trump reasonably in the largest county in the once-fixed red state.

But despite further evidence of Biden’s success, the controversial “revision” actually played a role in raising doubts about the historic presidential election, according to a new poll from Monmouth University.

Earlier this year, the state’s GOP-controlled Senate elected Cyber ​​Ninjas, a private company, to conduct another count of the 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County, where Biden beat Trump by more than 45,000 votes.

The image of Senate Republicans as a mechanism for instilling confidence in U.S. elections, the controversial revision was funded by right-wing donors and widely criticized, even by other local Republicans in the state. Maricopa County’s GOP-led supervisory board said the recount’s draft reports were “fraught with errors and erroneous conclusions.”

Still, the effort showed that Biden beat Trump, resulting in an additional 99 votes for Biden and a loss of 261 votes for Trump.

In a Monmouth University poll of 811 adults in the United States by telephone from November 4 to 8, this year, the majority of Americans, 36%, said the review proved Biden won the county fairly, and a further 21% said they did not was confident of the report, but guesses it likely showed Biden’s legitimate victory.

29 percent of all Americans, meanwhile, said the audit found (13%) or likely found (16%) fraud.

By comparison, the majority of Republicans surveyed rejected the results of the audit and instead chose to believe the process found significant fraud. Among Republicans, 32% said the so-called audit found evidence of fraud, while another 30% said it probably did, according to the Monmouth poll.

In a Washington Post opinion piece Monday, Greg Sargent theorized that the mere existence of the revision helped fuel the falsehood that the presidency was “stolen” from Trump, no matter the actual results.

“The whole point of these false revisions – and other efforts to delegitimize the 2020 result, which continues today – is to keep Republican voters furious and energetic, and even worse, possibly to lay the justification for overthrowing future electoral losses with the necessary funds. and available, “Sargent wrote.

The Monmouth poll also found that 54% of Republicans believe the anger that led to the January 6 Capitol attack was justified, compared to 27% of all Americans who agree.

Nearly half said the country has become more divided since Biden took office, while 38% said nothing has really changed. During Trump last November, 70% said the country was more divided, while 16% said nothing has really changed.

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