About half of voters who cast ballots for Donald Trump believe he won the popular vote against Hillary Clinton — who the feds say got 2.9 million more votes than the president, a new poll said Wednesday.
The Politico/Morning Consult poll showed that 49 percent of people who said they voted for Trump in November thought he got the most votes, while 40 percent acknowledged that Clinton had gotten more.
Among all voters, a 59 percent majority believed Clinton won more votes than Trump, but another 28 percent thought Trump garnered more votes.
Participants were questioned about which candidate won the national popular vote and the Electoral College after Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — the vice chair of Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity — said last week that “we may never know” whether Clinton won the popular vote.
The president himself boasted without evidence in November that he had won both the popular and the electoral vote.
“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Trump crowed on Twitter.
But a report from the Federal Election Commission said that Clinton had about 2.9 million more votes than Trump out of a total of nearly 137 million votes cast.
The Politico survey also found that 72 percent said that Trump won in the Electoral College, compared to 14 percent who believed Clinton was the victor. The FEC said that Trump won 304 electoral votes to Clinton’s 227.
The poll was conducted between July 20 and 24, and surveyed 3,981 registered voters. It had a margin of error of plus- or minus-2 percentage points.
Critics charge that the president’s election commission is a thinly disguised effort to bolster his claim as well as a move to gather information that could be used to enact tougher voting laws.
Trump insists it’s necessary because on the campaign trail he heard that ”some large numbers of certain people, in certain states” committed voter fraud.
At least 30 states are complying with at least some of Kobachs’s request that they hand over reams of voter data — and Trump darkly hinted that those that do not comply are hiding something.
“One has to wonder what they’re worried about,” Trump said at the commission’s first meeting. “There’s something. There always is.