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Contrary to data from the Federal Election Commission, nearly half of President Donald Trump’s voters say he won the popular vote in the 2016 election.
According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll conducted between July 20 and July 24, 40 percent of Trump’s voters said he won the popular vote.
Earlier in 2017, however, the Federal Election Commission reported that Trump’s former opponent and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won almost 3 million more votes in the 2016 election.
The vast majority of those polled said Trump won the electoral vote, aligning with the FEC’s reporting. According to the FEC, Trump won 304 electoral votes compared with Clinton’s 227.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, also the vice chairman of Trump’s voter integrity commission, cast doubt on the FEC’s conclusion when he said the public may never know who won the popular vote.
After the election, Trump made a similar claim when he tweeted that he would have won the popular vote without the “millions” of illegal votes that influenced the final tally:
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
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
Politico surveyed 3,981 registered voters for the poll. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.