74% of 2,085 U.S. adults believe that ‘attempts to overturn election results’ is the major problem in the US election system, new poll finds

This is a continuation of a look at different perspectives on democracy in the United States.

They believe that it is at least somewhat likely that some state or county officials will refuse to certify election results because of political reasons, which could have significant repercussions for the upcoming election. Many people in the United States believe that politics has entered into the process of counting votes in the country, which could have significant repercussions for the upcoming election.

And there is no question that politics has penetrated into the arena of public opinion about the voting and election process because various parties see different concerns. On the whole, Democrats are more likely to find issues with access, while Republicans are more likely to see fraud.

At this juncture, remnants of the previous competition may still be heard: Not only do Republicans continue to have doubts about the results of the 2020 election, but they are also being fairly specific about where they feel the problems lie. For them, it’s not so much in areas that are predominantly Republican and rural, but rather in areas that are predominantly Democratic and urban.

Despite this, the majority of people in the United States still have faith in the voting system, which, like many other institutions, has been the target of political criticism in recent years. It’s possible that this is why there isn’t an overpowering sense of confidence.


The politicization of election laws and attempts to overturn official election results are both seen as important problems with the election and voting system in the United States, according to the opinions of six in ten Americans.

But despite the fact that both Democrats and Republicans believe that politicization is a significant issue, they don’t agree on very else else.

The majority of Democrats are concerned about attempts to invalidate election results as well as access-related issues, such as eligible voters being prevented from casting their ballots, individuals attempting to intimidate voters as well as poll workers, and a lack of locations where voters can cast their ballots.

On the other hand, the majority of Republicans hold the opinion that this is not the case and that there will be serious problems if ineligible voters cast ballots and if votes are not counted in an accurate manner.


The vast majority of people in our country continue to hold the belief that there was either no voter fraud in the 2020 election or that it was confined to a handful of isolated cases. But a significant number of Republicans, in particular, hold significantly different opinions on this matter: six in ten Republicans continue to believe that substantial fraud and irregularities occurred in 2020.

And seven out of ten Republicans continue to say that they do not consider President Biden to be the legitimate winner of the presidential election in 2020, which is something that we have seen in polling consistently since that election, and especially since former President Donald Trump began casting doubt on it.


More than half of those who believe there was widespread fraud are Republicans, and the majority of those who believe there was widespread fraud believe that the majority of it occurred in Democratic areas as opposed to Republican areas, and they believe that it occurred in major cities and urban areas as opposed to suburban or rural areas.


Despite all of this, some citizens of the United States express some faith — albeit not an overwhelming amount — in the ability of their home state to accurately count votes.


This CBS News/YouGov survey was conducted with a nationally representative sample of 2,085 U.S. adult residents interviewed between August 29-31, 2022. The sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the U.S. Census American Community Survey and Current Population Survey, as well as to 2020 presidential vote. The margin of error is ±2.6 points.

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