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More Americans Distrust Their Elections Than Believe Outcomes Are Honest, Poll Finds

A poll asking Americans how they feel about their elections — and whether they can feel confident that the outcomes are truthful or not — paints an alarming picture.

The poll, conducted by Gallup, asked the citizens of several nations from around the globe last year whether they felt their elections could be described as honest or not. The data was compiled and published on Thursday.

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Two nations tied for the highest ratings when it came to its citizenry believing the outcomes of electoral races to be honest. Both Finland and Norway had 89 percent of respondents say their elections were honest, with only 9 percent saying otherwise. Sweden came in third place, with 87 percent saying elections were honest.

In North America, Canada also had decent marks, with 66 percent of the nation trusting the outcomes of elections and only a third of respondents saying they did not.

The United States, however, was almost the opposite of Canada’s response rate. Only 40 percent of Americans believe in the integrity of electoral outcomes, the poll found, while nearly 3-in-5 Americans (59 percent) said they didn’t view the results as honest.

Gallup pointed out in its reporting that the distrust in electoral results wasn’t a new phenomenon in the U.S. In 2016, for example, 69 percent of Americans didn’t think electoral outcomes were honest, and in 2012 57 percent said as much.

The last time more Americans thought elections were more honest than not was 11 years ago — in 2009, when the poll was conducted just shortly after former President Barack Obama was inaugurated as president.