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Poll says GOP voters ‘distrust’ primary elections and political parties

As the GOP primary process is set to begin, a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals a significant lack of confidence among Americans, particularly Republicans, in the accuracy of vote counting in their presidential primary contests. Only about one-third of Republicans express strong confidence that votes in the upcoming Republican primary elections and caucuses will be counted correctly.

In contrast, a significantly higher percentage of Democrats, 72%, trust that their party will accurately count votes in its primary contests. This skepticism among Republicans aligns with the broader doubt about vote counting accuracy for the 2024 presidential election, with only about one-quarter of Republicans expressing confidence in the process.

The poll’s findings indicate a deep-rooted distrust in the electoral system, further fueled by former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud in 2020. These claims were widely debunked by federal and state election officials, Trump’s own attorney general, and the courts, including those appointed by Trump himself.

The AP-NORC poll also highlights a general mistrust in both major political parties among U.S. adults. Approximately one-quarter of U.S. adults have little to no confidence in both the Democratic and Republican parties’ processes for selecting a presidential nominee, with half of Independents sharing this low level of confidence in both parties. This widespread skepticism underscores the challenges faced by political parties in restoring public faith in the electoral system and their candidate selection processes.

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