Over Half of Republicans Say Trump 'True President,' Capitol Riot Done to Make Him Look Bad

More than half of Republican Party voters, 53 percent, said they think Donald Trump is currently the "true president" of the United States, not Joe Biden, a new poll shows.

An Ipsos/Reuters poll published Friday addressed "The Big Lie" election fraud allegations touted by Trump and his most fanatical supporters since his November 2020 loss to Biden. This most recent poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults found that 56 percent of Republicans still believe the election was "rigged or the result of illegal voting."

Eighty-seven percent of Republicans surveyed said it's important for the government to place new limits on voting to protect future elections from fraud, and 54 percent agreed the Capitol riot was led by "violent left-wing protestors trying to make Trump look bad." One-quarter of Americans from all political affiliations said they think Biden's victory was the result of illegal ballot-counting or election rigging, compared to a 55 percent majority overall who say it was "legitimate and accurate." Despite the fanatical and unfounded claims otherwise, Trump lost to Biden by large margins in both Electoral College votes and the popular vote.

Fewer than one-third of Republicans, 30 percent, said they are confident that absentee or mail-in ballots were accurately counted during the November presidential election. By comparison, an overwhelming 86 percent majority of Democratic Party voters said they believe such votes were counted with accuracy. Thirty-nine percent of Republican respondents said they "strongly agree" that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.

A slight majority of Independent voters, 54 percent, responded that they are confident mail-in and absentee ballots were counted accurately, the Ipsos-Reuters poll revealed. Only 16 percent of Independent voters said they think Biden won as a result of election rigging or illegal voting.

Looking ahead to 2024, nearly two-thirds of Republican-leaning voters said they think Trump should run for president again during the next election. Only 12 percent of Republicans said they strongly agree that Trump played some role in the deadly January 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection.

More than 80 percent of the 2,007 U.S. adults polled in this latest Ipsos-Reuters survey identified themselves as registered to vote at their current address. The pollsters noted that the results are the most recent evidence that "Trump's stronghold over the Republican Party remains" months after his departure from the White House.

Just shy of half of Americans overall said they "strongly agree" that Trump should not run for president again in 2024, compared to 81 percent of Democrats and 48% of Independents.

Newsweek reached out to representatives for the former U.S. president Saturday afternoon for any additional response or reaction.

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Over half of Republicans say Trump is the "true president" and the Capitol riot was led by violent left-wing protestors trying to make him look bad, according to an Ipsos/Reuters poll published Friday. Above, a Trump supporter checks his phone on November 9, 2020 in Philadelphia. MARK MAKELA / Stringer/Getty Images