More than a third of Republicans say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who says the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump, according to a new poll.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found that 35% of Republicans say they are more likely to support a candidate who accepts stolen campaign demands, compared to 17% who said they would be less likely.
The remaining 44% of Republicans in the National Adult Survey said it made “no difference.”
Conversely, 81% of Democrats said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who embraces the stolen campaign claim, while 2% said they would be more likely to support one. Forty-four percent of independents said they would be less likely to support a stolen candidate in the election, while 11% said they would be more likely to support one.
Trump’s stolen campaign claims and efforts to challenge the 2020 election results have taken center stage on Capitol Hill, where the Democratic-led Jan. 6 committee is holding hearings to examine the events that led to to last year’s riot at the US Capitol.
Democrats hope the results will provide the public with a clear picture of the role Mr. Trump and his allies — including those in Congress — played in trying to overturn the election and incite the attack.
Democrats also hope the discovery will provide them with some cover ahead of the midterm elections where they defend their House and Senate majorities.
The Quinnipiac inquiry findings may be another warning sign for Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, co-chair of the Jan. 6 House Select Committee who faces a primary challenge from the Trump-backed GOP in August.
Others have benefited from accepting stolen electoral demands.
The list includes Adam Laxalt, a former state attorney general, who last week won the Republican nomination for a middle seat in the Nevada Senate.
The Quinnipiac survey showed that, overall, 15% of adults said they would be more likely to support a stolen candidate, 45% said they would be more likely to oppose it, and 35% said it made no difference.
The survey was conducted from June 17-20 and included 1,524 adults. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
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