In this file photo, US President Donald Trump waves upon arrival, alongside Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton (L) in Dallas, Texas, on June 11, 2020. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

On Monday, the Electoral College will formally confirm Joe Biden as the winner of Election 2020. Individual electors will gather in their state capitols to cast their ballots at various times throughout the day.

However, 29% of the nation’s voters continue to believe that Donald Trump was the legitimate winner of this year’s presidential election. That total includes 63% of Republicans, 24% of Independent voters, and 3% of Democrats.

Additionally, 17% still believe that Trump will eventually be declared the winner and serve a second term. These figures have changed little since Election Day.

This makes 2020 the second consecutive presidential election in which nearly a third of voters do not believe the elected president was the legitimate winner. Those who continue to believe President Trump actually won the election are the mirror image of those who believe that Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Additionally, this is the 9th consecutive election in which no candidate received more than 53% of the vote. That’s the longest such stretch in the nation’s history. It highlights the fact that 21st century America remains deeply divided in political terms.

However, 76% of voters believe that American society is far less polarized than American politics.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from December 10-12, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 199 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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