Almost 80% of People Say Biden received the White Home and ignored Trump's refusal to confess: Reuters / Ipsos ballot

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© Reuters. Combination image of Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden and US President Donald Trump on the early results of the 2020 US presidential election.

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By Chris Kahn

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly 80% of Americans, including more than half of Republicans, recognize President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the November 3rd election after most media outlets called the Democratic race for his critical leadership had battlefield states, according to a Reuters / Ipsos poll.

Biden – who needed 270 votes for the electoral college to win – had 279 of those votes against 214 for Trump, with the results not being complete in three states, according to Edison Research. In the referendum, Biden got 76.3 million or 50.7% of the total to 71.6 million or 47.6% for Trump.

The Reuters / Ipsos national opinion poll, conducted Saturday afternoon through Tuesday, found that 79% of adults in the US believe Biden won the White House. Another 13% said the election was pending, 3% said Trump won and 5% said they didn't know.

The results were a bit split across party lines: about six in ten Republicans and almost every Democrat said Biden won.

Edison Research, who is conducting an exit poll for Reuters and major media outlets, called the race for Biden on Saturday after expanding its lead over Trump in Pennsylvania and well on its way to garnering 270 votes.

Trump has not yet recognized the outcome of the race. He declared victory ahead of schedule, long before the votes were counted, and complained repeatedly, without evidence, that he was the victim of widespread electoral fraud.

His claims have been confirmed by members of Trump's cabinet. US Attorney General William Barr has cleared federal investigations into "substantial" allegations of electoral irregularity, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he envisions "a smooth transition to a second Trump administration."

The Reuters / Ipsos poll was part of a broader poll conducted Friday through Tuesday that included responses before the presidential race was scheduled.

It found that 70% of Americans, including 83% Democrats and 59% Republicans, trust their local election officials to "do their jobs honestly".

The poll also found that 72% believe the loser in the election will have to admit defeat, and 60% believe there will be a peaceful transfer of power when Trump's term ends in January.

The Reuters / Ipsos survey was conducted online in English in the United States. In total, responses were collected from 1,363 adults in the US, including 469 respondents who took the survey between Saturday afternoon and Tuesday. The survey has a confidence interval, a measure of accuracy, of 5 percentage points.

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