America Speaks: Do they think fraud occurred in the 2020 presidential election?

Candice JaimungalSocial Media Contributor
November 19, 2020, 3:23 PM GMT+0

According to a recent Economist/YouGov Poll, three-quarters (75%) of registered voters think voter fraud occurred during the 2020 presidential election.

Related: Three-quarters of voters think fraud occurred during the election

We asked our YouGov Chat users to dig deeper and tell us how much fraud they think occurred in the election – and why. You can join the conversation here.

Enough voter fraud occurred to influence the outcome

Some YouGov Chat users believe enough voter fraud occurred during the election to influence results, pointing to disputed videos of fraud, ballot tampering, and votes from deceased Americans.

  • "Evidence that has been released so far... VIDEO of counters blocking windows so people can't observe!"
  • "There have been so many people come forward with videos and firsthand experiences of seeing voter fraud."
  • "I saw a video of a vote from someone who had died..."
  • "There are videos of people ripping up ballots, ballots found in the trash..."

Not enough voter fraud occurred to influence the outcome

Other Chat users say that they don’t believe enough fraud occurred during the election to influence the outcome. Some users question how realistic election fraud is...

  • “I feel like realistically there is always the possibility of voter fraud, but it is extremely hard to pull off.”

  • “Because it would be literally impossible to pull off the type of voter fraud Trump is alleging. Five states? Millions of ballots? Are you kidding me? This is ridiculous, and a conspiracy from deluded mind.”
  • “I think there may have been a few errors but no outright fraud.”

No voter fraud occurred

Other YouGov Chat users believe no fraud occurred during the election.

  • “The votes are protected and monitored very well. It has never been an issue at any other time.”
  • “This election has been run and watched over with both sides watching the ballots.”
  • “There is no evidence of fraud.”
  • “No evidence has been shown to make me think otherwise.”

A few users point to themselves and the people they know, claiming that they know first-hand, that no fraud occurred.

  • “I’m an election judge and I know the proceeding and controls that make it virtually impossible!”
  • “I worked at a polling station and the process doesn't allow any deviation from votes.”
  • “I know the elections officials in Orlando. I know the work they do. I observed the procedure in early voting. From my observations, the election was handled professionally.”
  • “I know people who work during elections and after. They are my friends. They are smart and well trained. The system is so well covered with checks fraud is not possible.”
  • “I am a poll worker and know how the system works in my state and feel the claims are unsubstantiated.”

Related: President Trump and his voters agree on not accepting the election results – for now


Every day, members of YouGov Chat are asked to share their opinion on a topic in the news. We allow anyone to take part in these chats, and do not display or weight results in real-time. Instead, to make the experience informative but still interactive, the chat displays weighted data from YouGov Direct to show them how the rest of the country voted. This enables us to pose the question to all, while retaining data accuracy and validity when communicating results.

YouGov chat seeks to add to the ‘what?’ (the quantitative poll result) by finding the ‘why?” (qualitative open ends) in a member’s own words. Learn more about YouGov Chat here.

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