New Poll Reveals Whether Americans Think This Election Is Rigged

Will Voters Be Denied the Right to Vote in the US Election?

There has been a lot of talk about the election being rigged, about dead people voting, and about registered voters being denied the right to vote. What do Americans really believe is going on? And where do Clinton voters and Trump voters stand?

To get to the bottom of these questions and find out where people stand the week before one of the most chaotic elections in U.S. history, Rad Campaign partnered with Lincoln Park Strategies to conduct a national poll of 1,109 Americans about their perception of the 2016 presidential election.

Here's what we found out:

  • 64% of Americans either don’t think it’s possible to rig a U.S. presidential election, or aren’t sure.
  • 74% of Clinton voters don’t think it’s possible to rig a U.S. presidential election vs. 67% of Trump voters think it is possible to rig a U.S. presidential election.
  • Millennials are the generation most likely to think the election could be rigged by a single party or candidate.

Will voting outside of the two-party system fix anything?

  • 48% don’t think third-party voting will change anything, and think it might even help their least preferred candidate win.

Will registered voters will be denied the right to vote?

  • 60% of Clinton voters believe registered voters will be denied the right to vote vs. 12% of Trump voters.

What about voter fraud?

  • 17% of Clinton voters believe voter fraud will happen vs. 74% of Trump voters.

We also asked Americans how likely they are to think the following will happen:

  • Undocumented immigrants voting?
    • 11% of Clinton voters
    • 55% of Trump voters
  • Dead people voting?
    • 9% of Clinton voters
    • 51% of Trump voters
  • Voting in multiple states?
    • 11% of Clinton voters
    • 37% of Trump voters
  • Voting more than once in the same state?
    • 9% of Clinton voters
    • 39% of Trump voters
  • Voting machines being rigged?
    • 7% of Clinton voters
    • 35% of Trump voters
  • Russia hacking the election and/or cyber-attacks?
    • 12% of Clinton voters
    • 11% of Trump voters

Our priority is to encourage all people who are able to vote. Your vote counts, and make sure that your voice is at the table this November 8th (we also won't be mad if you vote early!).


1,109 interviews were conducted from October 26-31, 2016 by internet survey. The Bayesian confidence interval for 1,000 interviews is 3.5, which is roughly equivalent to a margin of error of ±3.1 at the 95% confidence level.

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