Poll: A majority of Washington voters trust vote by mail

Voters in Washington were asked if they trust mail-in voting and if they believe false claims of voter fraud made during the 2020 election.

SEATTLE – How safe do voters think the Washington elections are?

Based on new WA poll numbers, most voters trust Washington’s election officials and the state’s mail-in ballot system, but how much varies by political party.

The WA survey was commissioned by KING 5, The Seattle Times, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, and Washington State University’s Murrow College of Communication, and conducted by SurveyUSA.

A majority of Washington voters trust their polling officials, with 64% expressing high or medium trust. Thirty-one percent of voters expressed little or no trust in elected officials, and another 5% said they were unsure whether or not they trust elected officials.

Republicans who responded have less trust in election officials than independents or Democrats. Half of Republicans say they have little to no confidence, while 55% of independents and 88% of Democrats have moderate or high confidence in their elected officials.

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Overall, 71% of voters trust the country’s postal voting. Of those surveyed, 43% have high and 28% moderate trust in the system.

Of the 28% of respondents who said they didn’t trust postal voting, 16% said they had little trust and 12% said they had no trust at all.

Broken down by party, Democrats in Washington overwhelmingly trust mail-in voting. Overall, 92% of Democratic voters trust mail-in voting, with 63% expressing a high level of trust and 29% expressing a moderate level of trust.

Republicans are divided on whether or not to trust absentee voting. Just over half of Republicans, 53%, said they have high or moderate confidence in the voting-by-mail system, but another 43% expressed little to no confidence in voting-by-mail.

A higher percentage of Independents than Republicans expressed confidence in the mail-in ballot system, with 59% saying they trust mail-in ballots and 38% expressing little to no confidence.

Has the 2020 election changed how much people trust postal voting?

Although many false allegations of voter fraud were circulating during the 2020 election, they did not affect how the majority of Washington voters view the security of the mail-in ballot system.

Overall, 61% of voters said their confidence remained the same.

A majority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents responded that the 2020 election did not change their confidence in voting by mail.

Seventy-one percent of Democrats said their confidence remained the same, along with 58 percent of independents and 52 percent of Republicans.

More Republicans responded that their trust in mail-in voting decreased after the 2020 election than did Independents or Democrats. 40 percent of Republicans said their confidence fell, along with 28 percent of independents and 8 percent of Democrats.

How many Washington voters believe false claims of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election?

Over half of Washington voters believe there was no voter fraud in the 2020 election and that Joe Biden really won the presidency.

However, 18% said they believe some claims of voter fraud and are unsure whether Biden actually won. Another 15% say they believe there was a major voter fraud and that former President Donald Trump actually won the election.

A majority of Democrats and Independents responded that they thought there was no fraud.

Republicans were more divided on whether or not cheating took place and how much of it was there.

Twenty-two percent of Republicans who responded said they believed there was no fraud in the 2020 election, while 39 percent said they believed there was some fraud, and another 33 percent said they that they believed there had been a greater fraud.

Voters who responded that they believed Trump won the 2020 election were also asked which false claims they found most compelling:

  • 70% believe thousands of dead voted in swing states
  • 68% believe fraudulent ballots supporting Biden were added to vote counts
  • 63% believe voting machines were hacked or reprogrammed to reverse votes from Trump to Biden
  • 53% believe ballots supporting Trump were destroyed by election officials
  • 51% believe states changed election rules in ways that benefited Biden

How foreign minister candidates reacted

KING 5 News shared the poll results for all eight candidates for the post of foreign secretary in next month’s primary.

Washington’s secretary of state oversees the elections. Here are the answers of the candidates who answered. Some were emailed in and are quoted as written.

Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, a Democrat: “People have taken elections for granted for the past several decades and we need to do better to inform the public about how ballots are received and counted, and that’s one of the priorities we’re trying to do.”

Julie Anderson, who is running as a non-partisan candidate: “The more we have a two-party stronghold in our system and the louder and more extreme they become, the worse the problem becomes.”

Mark Miloscia, Republican: “The way you deal with suspicions, you don’t fight them, you bring them around the table and try to allay their concerns. Call customer service 101 directly and find the data to show them what they say isn’t true or their trust is misplaced, or fix the broken parts of the system.”

Keith Waggoner, Republican: “That’s the essence of my campaign, which is to restore confidence in the system So important. Without trust in the system, voters will repress themselves.”

Tamborine Borrelli, whose party preference is listed as American First (R), questioned the validity of the results but said in an email, “People who understand what chain of custody is don’t keep an email in the system.” for a good idea. The machines are vulnerable to hacking. No matter what politics someone follows, everyone should want their vote to count as cast, rather than people who control the elections voting for them.”

Bob Hagglund, Republican: “I have moderate faith in the vote-by-mail system. That’s because it hasn’t let us down yet, certainly not on a large scale, but has many weaknesses and vulnerabilities to fraud and sabotage. We can fix many of these problems administratively without changing laws, but there will always be a problem with postal voting because there is no way to prove who is actually marking the ballots like there is with voting in person.”

Kurtis Engle, party preference listed as Union, “Obviously people trust Washington’s mail-in system. There is a $250,000 fine for each and every shenanigan. Mail fraud isn’t sexy, but it has TEETH. Your poll results show how many Republicans say they doubt Washington’s vote. And, DUH, doubting the vote is the Republican PLAN. Consequently, I have no interest in the results of your survey.”

Marquez Tiggs, who is also running for secretary of state, has not yet responded to an email request for comment.

The WA survey was commissioned by KING 5, The Seattle Times, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, and Washington State University’s Murrow College of Communication, and conducted by SurveyUSA. It surveyed 825 adults from July 6 to 10, 2022. Of these adults, 731 were registered voters. The survey represented Washington state’s demographics with 47% from the Seattle area, 32% from western Washington, and 21% from eastern Washington.

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