- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Twenty-five percent of voters say they believe President Trump’s contention that between 3 million and 5 million votes might have been cast illegally in the 2016 election, compared to 44 percent who don’t believe him and 31 percent who say they’re not sure, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The issue was split along party lines. Forty-four percent of Democrats said they don’t believe that level of fraud occurred, compared to 16 percent who believe it did and 31 percent who said they don’t know or have no opinion, according to the Politico/Morning Consult poll.

Meanwhile, 36 percent of Republicans said they believe Mr. Trump’s claims, compared to 26 percent who said they don’t believe him and 38 percent who said they don’t know or have no opinion.

Overall, voters were split on fraud in general, with 44 percent saying they think it’s “very” or “somewhat” rare and 43 percent who said they think it’s “very” or “somewhat” common.

Mr. Trump has said zero of the would-be millions of illegal votes went to him. But 35 percent of voters said Mr. Trump would have been most likely to benefit from any fraud, compared to 30 percent who said Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would have benefited.

The survey of 1,991 voters was conducted from Jan. 26-28 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent.

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