AJC poll: Most Georgia voters dismiss Trump claims about ‘rigged’ election

Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during the third U.S. presidential debate. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during the third U.S. presidential debate. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Republican Donald Trump’s claims that next month’s elections are “rigged” in Democrat Hillary Clinton’s favor have not gained much traction in Georgia.

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Friday found that nearly 80 percent of voters say they are confident their vote for president will be accurately counted. That includes about 70 percent of Republicans and two-thirds of Trump supporters.

“It’s totally sour grapes. And it’s a dangerous claim to make. Our whole democracy is based on our belief that our vote matters,” said A.J. Norris, a 49-year-old operations manager in Decatur. “When you begin to question that, you really shake people’s confidence and we give voice to people who can be dangerous to our democracy.”

Only 7 percent of voters said they were “not confident at all” in the accuracy of the vote count, including about 13 percent of independent voters. Among them is Matthew Lainhart, a 33-year-old warehouse manager from Barrow County.

“I can see it. I think the whole presidency could be rigged. Voting doesn’t matter,” said Lainhart, who said he’s a reluctant supporter of Libertarian Gary Johnson. “They already know who the president is.”

Trump’s refusal to commit to accepting the results of next month’s election also didn’t win him many supporters. The vast majority of Georgia voters – nearly 90 percent – said they would accept the outcome of the vote. Only 10 percent said they wouldn’t.

Read more about the poll:

Why the presidential race in Georgia could come down to the wire

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