Six in 10 voters for President Trump say he should run again in 2024, and 71% of Trump supporters believe the election was rigged, a new Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll shows.

The post-election poll of 1,200 voters nationwide reveals that most Trump backers remain extremely loyal to the president, to the point that just 23% agree that the election outcome was “legitimate.”

Asked whether Trump should run in 2024, just 19% of Trump voters and 26% of Republicans said no — he shouldn’t run again.

Those numbers indicate the president has maintained his loyal following despite losing the election.

And most Trump voters even argue with the fact that the media has called the election for Democrat Joe Biden. Nearly seven in 10 disagreed that the election outcome was “legitimate.”

But Trump would still find strong resistance if he decides to run again in 2024, the poll shows.

Among all voters, including Democrats, independents and Republicans, 58% say Trump should not run for president in 2024, with 28% saying he should run, according to the Franklin Pierce-Herald poll. But just among Republicans, 56% want him to run again, the poll shows.

The poll reveals that Americans remain sharply divided along partisan lines when asked about the election. An overwhelming majority of all voters believe that their vote for president was “counted and treated accurately.”

But nearly three in 10 Republicans said they were “not very confident” or “not at all confident” that their vote was counted accurately.

More than one third of all voters agreed with the statement that the election was “rigged and biased” — while nearly half of all voters disagreed with that statement.

But a clear majority of Republicans — 56% — said they believed that the election was rigged and biased — a charge President Trump has repeatedly made.

Asked whether they were prepared to “accept the outcome” of the election, an overwhelming 81% said yes, while just 10% said no.

A clear majority of voters also agree that absentee ballots received by local elections officials after Nov. 3 should be counted, but just 35% of Republicans say they believe those votes should be counted.

The coronavirus pandemic and the economy top the issues that voters said affected their vote the most, according to the Franklin Pierce-Herald post-election poll..

And 19% of voters said the “candidate’s fitness for office” affected their vote the most.

A whopping 42% believe the government’s highest priority should be controlling COVID-19, while one quarter of voters said the economy should be the highest priority.

The poll also revealed strong reservations about one key Democratic proposal — packing the Supreme Court with more justices.

Four in 10 people said they do not support expanding the Supreme Court, while just 30% said they did support expanding the high court. Even among just Democrats, only 41% backed packing the court with more justices.

A Democratic plan to end the filibuster in the U.S. Senate drew mixed results. Forty-seven percent of all voters support the idea of ending the filibuster, while 23% did not support the plan. Two in 10 voters said they were neutral on the idea.

And a majority of voters reject a proposal backed by Democrats to end the Electoral College system of electing the president. Fifty-six percent of all voters said they were supportive of the Electoral College, while 38% did not support it.

The Franklin Pierce-Herald poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.


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