Poll Finds Republicans Doubt Georgia Runoffs Are 'Free and Fair' After Donald Trump Claims

Polling indicates Republicans hold doubts over whether Georgia's U.S. Senate runoff elections will be fair as people head to the polls in the state on Tuesday.

Incumbent Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue face challenges from Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, in what is expected to be a tight contest.

The races have gained a heightened national focus, with their outcomes deciding which party has majority control of the U.S. Senate.

The vote comes with President Donald Trump continuing to attack election officials in the state and question the validity of the presidential election result there.

This previously prompted supporters to question why they should vote if the outcome could be rigged, as the president has insinuated the presidential election result was.

In a survey ahead of the polls opening in the state for the runoffs today, results suggested Republicans still hold such concerns.

YouGov asked 1,000 registered voters on January 4: "Do you think the Senate runoff elections in Georgia will be free and fair?"

Overall, 44 percent said "yes" and 33 percent said "no" with the remainder saying they did not know.

However, among Republicans asked, 254, the majority said "no." Of those identifying as Republicans, 62 percent said "no," 14 percent "yes" and 24 percent said they did not know.

Newsweek has contacted Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, whose election division oversees election activity in the state, for comment on these results.

The last polls for the Georgia races showed each at a dead heat.

Amid questions posed over the election conduct in the state, there are expected to be a record number of poll watchers as people head to vote.

Last year, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel was asked about voter fraud when she visited Georgia after the presidential election, with someone posing to her the question: "Why should we vote in this election when we know it's already decided?"

Trump has actively encouraged people to back the Republican senators, attending a rally for them in Georgia on Monday.

However, he has continued his attacks on officials in the state after it was reported he had a call with Raffensperger urging him to uncover votes in the state to overturn the presidential election result. There have been demands for an investigation into the call.

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Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) steps off the stage after speaking during a campaign rally at Dalton Regional Airport January 4, 2021 in Dalton, Georgia. Polling has shown Republicans doubt if the runoff elections in Georgia will be conducted fairly. Alex Wong/Getty Images