Voters Previously Said They'd Distrust Trump Claiming Election Night Win

President Donald Trump's premature declaration of election night victory amid ongoing vote counts has prompted derision—and comes amid the public already being skeptical over such announcements from the commander-in-chief.

Trump defiantly voiced his opinion that in his eyes he had already sealed a win, which followed prior speculation of him doing so in such a manner, while votes continue to be counted.

In an address at the White House in the early hours of Wednesday, Trump said: "We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election."

Prior to November 3, Opinium polling of 2,009 adults found that 42 percent of those asked said they would mostly or completely distrust Trump if he declared a win on election night. This compared to 31 percent who would mostly or completely trust him.

As well as many distrusting such claims of a win, 47 percent of respondents said they were worried Trump might lose but not concede even. This compared to 26 percent who feared Biden might behave in the same manner. Respondents were polled between October 26 and 29.

Polling from CNN/SSRS also indicated people were concerned Trump would not concede an election.

More than half, 58 percent, of 1,205 respondents asked October 1 to 4, said that if Trump were to lose they did not think he would accept the results and concede.

The president has previously suggested he would not automatically accept the results, stating he would "have to see," while also insisting he would win anyway.

"No, I'm not going to just say yes. I'm not going to say no, and I didn't last time either," he said in a July interview with Fox News.

Trump has faced questions from supporters as well as opponents over his victory comments. Biden's team has thoroughly rebuked any claims of victory.

"Never before in our history has a president of the United States sought to strip Americans of their voice in a national election," Biden's campaign chief Jen O'Malley Dillon said in a statement after Trump's latest comments.

"We repeat what the vice president said tonight: Donald Trump does not decide the outcome of this election. Joe Biden does not decide the outcome of this election. The American people decide the outcome of this election. And the democratic process must and will continue until its conclusion."

Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign for comment on the public view of his comments regarding election victory.

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This combination of pictures created on November 04, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump speaking during election night in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, early on November 4, 2020. His comments on feeling he had already won the election have prompted a backlash. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images