POLL: Only 55% Say Losing Candidates Should Concede

Yahoo News reports:

Nearly two years after Donald Trump launched his relentless and baseless assault on the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election — a scheme that culminated in his supporters’ Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol — a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that less than half of Americans (46%) now believe that candidates “should commit in advance to accepting the results” of this year’s midterm elections.

Even when Americans are asked point-blank what should happen this fall “once all the votes are counted and the process is done,” the number who say “The candidate with fewer votes should concede the election” (55%) barely clears the halfway mark. The idea that democracy can function only if both sides agree to honor the outcome of an election has long served as one of the cornerstones of American politics.

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