Most Voters Believe Trump Is Against Mail-In Voting Because He Fears Losing: Poll

President Donald Trump has been outspoken in railing against the use of widespread mail-in voting as a way to help keep voters safe when they head to the polls in November amid what is likely to still be a pandemic.

While mail-in ballots have been touted as an ideal alternative to in-person voting during the coronavirus outbreak, Trump has continued to air unfounded concerns about the possibility of voter fraud.

A new Morning Consult poll suggests that voters are not buying the president's argument, however, with the lion's share of voters saying they believe Trump opposes mail-in voting because "he believes it will make it harder for him to win re-election."

Published on Thursday, the new Morning Consult poll, which saw 1,994 registered voters surveyed between August 14 and 16, found that 51 percent of voters think Trump is afraid of losing the election, should widespread mail-in voting move forward.

Meanwhile, 37 percent said they think Trump genuinely believes mail-in voting will "increase voter fraud". Another 12 percent said they did not know or had no opinion on the matter.

Meanwhile, a plurality of voters believe that recent operational changes implemented to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy are "politically motivated" and "designed to make it harder for Americans to vote by mail."

DeJoy, a Trump campaign donor who took up the helm of the USPS in June, recently brought about a number of changes at the agency, including reducing service and overtime authorizations.

He also oversaw the removal of mail collection boxes and sorting machines across the country.

The changes led to delays in deliveries, with some expressing concerns around important medication being delayed.

In the wake of the changes, the USPS warned that it could not guarantee all ballots cast by mail would arrive in time to be counted, prompting widespread backlash.

DeJoy has since announced that the changes will be put on hold until after the November election, however.

In Morning Consult's poll, 42 percent of voters surveyed said they believed the initial operational changes were politically motivated.

Meanwhile, 33 percent said they believed they were genuinely were made to "cut costs given that the USPS is in financial trouble." Twenty-six percent said they did not know or had no opinion.

Unsurprisingly, belief that Trump fears losing the election with mail-in voting and concerns that DeJoy's actions were politically motivated were both higher among Democrats, with 82 percent believing the former and 63 percent suspecting the latter.

Among Republicans, just 17 percent said they believed that Trump opposes mail-in voting because he believes it will make it harder for him to win re-election, while just 16 percent said they felt that DeJoy's changes were politically driven.

Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign team and USPS for comment.

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Protest material that resemble mail-in election ballots are seen as demonstrators gather on Kalorama Park to protest President Donald Trump donor and current U.S. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy on August 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Michael A. McCoy/Getty