Recounts Won't Change Outcome and Trump Should Concede: Voter Poll

Most voters do not believe recounts will change the election outcome and think President Donald Trump should concede to Joe Biden, according to polling.

The Trump campaign has pushed for a recount in Wisconsin and one is underway in Georgia.

The president continues to allege that widespread fraud and irregularities affected the election results, but he and his allies have not substantiated these claims. His actions still have some support from Republican voters, although his election lawsuits have stuttered so far.

A poll from The Economist/YouGov asked 1,500 registered voters on November 15 to 17: "Some states may do recounts of the vote. Do you believe these recounts will change the outcome of the election?"

The majority of respondents, 55 percent, said recounts would not affect the result. Just 22 percent said they would alter the outcome.

Most also said recounts would not give them more confidence in the result. Asked if they "make you more or less confident in the outcome of the election," 57 percent said there would be no change in their feeling. However, 11 percent said recounts would make them "much more confident" and 28 percent said "more confident."

Sixty percent said they think Trump should concede. Most also responded that they disapprove of how the president is handling the transition, with 48 percent opting for "strongly disapprove" and 9 percent for "somewhat disapprove."

Biden, who has begun forming his White House team and working on the transition, said the hurdles in his path could cause issues for the nation down the line. Trump's refusal to concede is "an embarrassment," he said.

Although networks have called the election in Biden's favor, Trump has bemoaned what he brands the "lamestream media" making such declarations. He has insisted he will be victorious if only the votes that he deems legal are counted, suggesting that Biden's success was down to the ballot being "rigged."

"This was a rigged election," he wrote in a recent tweet, alleging that Republican poll watchers were blocked and claiming there were glitches as well as "voting after election ended." Twitter has flagged several of his posts about election fraud as "disputed."

Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign for comment.

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President Donald Trump speaks about Operation Warp Speed, a COVID vaccine distribution plan, in the Rose Garden of the White House on November 13, 2020. He has refused to concede to Joe Biden despite networks calling the election in the Democrat's favor. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images