PHOENIX – With new subpoenas looming, the audit of Maricopa County’s election results won’t end anytime soon.
However, support for audit is only getting stronger. On Monday, an OH Predictive Insights poll found that not only do more than 60% of state Republicans approve of the audit, they believe that once it is completed Donald Trump will have more votes than President Biden.
As of April, auditors working for the state Senate have been counting ballots and testing machines. Senate Speaker Karen Fann said it was all aimed at ensuring the integrity of the elections and voter confidence in the system.
“You shouldn’t claim fraud if you can’t prove it. That’s why we don’t pretend to be fraud, ”Fann said.
While Fann has tried to temper expectations, according to the OH Predictive Insights poll, 62% of Republicans expect Trump to end up winning Maricopa County.
Even though there is no mechanism to reinstate the former president, 27% of those Republicans believe it could eventually happen.
“They listened to this. They gathered information, ”said OHPI chief researcher Mike Noble. “The majority of Republicans actually think the results are likely to change. You see among Democrats and Independents, the election was above the board and was fair and accurate. “
“I think the headline for this poll isn’t Republican support, it’s Democratic support,” Republican political consultant Stan Barnes said.
Barnes said what surprised him most was that 40% of Democrats had a favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of the audit. “What the policy demands is that there has been an audit and a second set of eyes. The fact that there is support across the parties is a very powerful thing to understand, ”said Barnes.
Yet the OH Predictive poll shows that 53% of all Arizona voters believe President Biden won Arizona. This includes 89% of Democrats and 54% of Independents. With Trump coming to Phoenix on Saturday, those numbers are unlikely to be mentioned.
The poll was conducted between July 6 and July 11, 2021 among 863 registered voters in Arizona. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3%.