Overwhelming majority recognise Biden win

Chris Kahn
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Nearly 80 per cent of Americans, including more than half of all Republicans, recognise president-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the November 3 election, according to a national poll.

The race with incumbent Donald Trump still remained undecided in three states late on Tuesday but Biden - who needed 270 Electoral College votes to win - had 279 to 214 for Trump, according to Edison Research.

In the popular vote, Biden got 76.3 million, or 50.7 per cent of the total, to 71.6 million, or 47.6 per cent, for Trump.

The Reuters/Ipsos national opinion survey, which ran from Saturday afternoon to Tuesday, found 79 per cent of US adults believe Biden won the White House.

Another 13 per cent said the election has not yet been decided, 3 per cent said Trump won and 5 per cent said they do not know.

The results were somewhat split along party lines: about six in 10 Republicans and almost every Democrat said Biden won.

Edison Research called the race for Biden on Saturday after he expanded his lead over Trump in Pennsylvania and appeared well on his way to amassing 270 electoral votes.

Trump is yet to recognise the result.

He prematurely declared victory well before the votes had been counted and has repeatedly complained without evidence that he is the victim of widespread voter fraud.

His claims have been echoed by members of his cabinet.

Attorney General William Barr has authorised federal investigations of "substantial" allegations of voting irregularities and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he foresees "a smooth transition to a second Trump administration".

The Reuters/Ipsos poll also showed 70 per cent of Americans - 83 per cent of Democrats and 59 per cent of Republicans - trust local election officials to "do their job honestly".

It found 72 per cent think the loser of the election must concede defeat and 60 per cent think there will be a peaceful transition of power in January.