Republicans Are Torn on Whether to Move on From Donald Trump Fraud Claims: Poll

Most Republicans still believe President Joe Biden's election victory was the result of fraud—as Donald Trump has baselessly claimed—but they are split on whether they should move on from this argument, according to a new poll.

Last November the former president blamed his defeat on widespread fraud and voting irregularities. He has continued to make these claims since leaving the White House—but there is no evidence of problems on a scale that would have altered the election outcome.

In a Monmouth University poll, 802 U.S. adults were asked: "Do you believe Joe Biden won the 2020 election fair and square, or do you believe that he only won it due to voter fraud?"

Overall, 62 percent of respondents said the result was fair, with 32 percent saying Biden's victory was down to voter fraud.

Among Republicans polled, however, 65 percent attributed the victory to voter fraud.

The poll then asked the respondents who believed there had been fraud: "Now that Biden is in office do you feel it is time to move on or will you never accept Biden as president?"

Republicans were split on this question, with 31 percent saying it was time to accept the result and 29 percent stating they would never do so.

Among Democrats asked if Biden won fair and square, 97 percent said they thought he did.

The polling was conducted from February 25 to March 1. Its margin of error for results from the entire sample is 3.5 percent. The margin is 6.8 percentage points for Republicans and 6 percentage points for Democrats.

The president has expressed his desire to unify the country, although several polls released this month have indicated that he faces an uphill battle. He has repeatedly urged Americans to come together.

After he was named the winner of November's election, he asked his own and Trump's supporters to "give each other a chance." He made similar comments in his inauguration speech on January 20.

Trump, meanwhile, has continued to make baseless claims about the election. During his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 28, he hinted at a potential 2024 run, saying: "Actually you know they just lost the White House, I may even decide to beat them for a third time."

He made similar claims in his first post-presidency interviews with broadcasters last month.

"We did win the election, as far as I'm concerned," he said on Newsmax.

Newsweek has contacted the White House and the Office of the Former President for comment on the Monmouth University poll.

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Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 28 in Orlando. Since leaving the White House, he has repeated his baseless claims about the election. Joe Raedle/Getty Images