Most Americans Worried About Voter Fraud, Suppression as Trump Touts Election Delay

On the same day that President Donald Trump questioned whether the upcoming presidential election should be delayed amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new study found that the majority of Americans have been concerned about the impacts of coronavirus on the election, as well as the possibilities of voter fraud and voter suppression.

In the new Newsy/Ipsos poll, which was published on Thursday and conducted between July 24 to 29, around three quarters (79 percent) of Americans said they were concerned about the impact of both the coronavirus outbreak and fake news (71 percent) on the upcoming 2020 elections.

Meanwhile, 63 percent said they were concerned about foreign interference, while more than half expressed worries around a host of voting issues, including "mail-in ballot fraud," which Trump has frequently raised concerns over.

Among the 2,015 people polled, 63 percent said they were concerned about voter suppression, while 58 percent said they were worried about voter fraud and 54 percent said they were concerned about mail-in ballot fraud.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, mail-in voting has widely been considered as a safe way for voters to cast their ballots without having to visit a polling station.

However, Trump has repeatedly railed against the idea, falsely claiming that mail-in voting is rife with possibilities for fraud.

On Thursday, Trump continued his attack on efforts to roll out mail-in voting, falsely claiming that the process was an easy target for foreign election interference.

"Mail-In Voting is already proving to be a catastrophic disaster," Trump tweeted. "The Dems talk of foreign influence in voting, but they know that Mail-In Voting is an easy way for foreign countries to enter the race."

The president also sought to draw non-existent distinction between absentee voting and mail-in voting, suggesting absentee voting would be safer.

"With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history," the president tweeted.

"It will be a great embarrassment to the USA," he said.

The president then questioned whether the U.S. should "delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote."

Regardless of how people vote in November, more Americans think that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden will win in November than Trump.

According to the poll's findings, 41 percent of voters said they believe Biden will win the 2020 election, while 37 percent said they believed the president would be re-elected.

The findings were in line with those found by researchers in June, when 42 percent of voters said they believed Biden would win and 38 percent said they felt Trump would see a second term.

Most Americans polled agreed that the coronavirus pandemic was one of the most important political issues right now, with 51 percent saying they shared in that feeling, up from 45 percent last month.

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Voters drop off their presidential primary mail-in ballots at a drop box at King County Elections in Renton, Washington on March 10, 2020. JASON REDMOND/AFP/Getty