According to Reuters:

About half of Republicans polled by Reuters/Ipsos said Trump “rightfully won” the election but had it stolen from him in systemic fraud favoring Biden, according to a survey conducted between Nov. 13 and 17. Just 29% of Republicans said Biden rightfully won. Other polls since the election have reported that an even higher proportion - up to 80% - of Republicans trust Trump’s baseless fraud narrative. [...] In Reuters interviews with 50 Trump voters, all said they believed the election was rigged or in some way illegitimate. Of those, 20 said they would consider accepting Biden as their president, but only in light of proof that the election was conducted fairly.

(The exact number in the Reuters/Ipsos poll was 52% of Republicans who said Trump "rightfully won"; the margin of error was 5%.)

So, given that some other elections (after the [in]famous 1876 one) were also fairly controversial, namely in 2000 but also the one of 1960, was a [near] majority on the losing side claiming that the election was stolen or illegitimately won by the other side in the aftermath of such other controversial US presidential elections?

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    Some Republicans have used the claims that Kennedy stole the presidency in 1960 to justify all sorts of shenanigans in prior decades. – jeffronicus Nov 21 at 20:49
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    2016 itself may be a candidate politics.stackexchange.com/questions/14173/… – Andrew Grimm Nov 22 at 0:32
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    Alas that 2016 poll did not ask if the respondents believed that the Russian hacks (or other illegitimate means) changed the outcome of the election. In the same 2016 poll a majority of Republicans (62%) endorsed the view that there were "millions of illegal votes cast on election day". In some sense that predicted the 2020 poll; I mean if Clinton had won in 2016, there's little reason to think that Republicans back then would not have attributed her win those "millions of illegal votes". – Fizz Nov 22 at 2:09
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    Trump insisted later that he won the popular vote (too) in 2016, had those "illegal" votes been discounted abcnews.go.com/Politics/… – Fizz Nov 22 at 2:20
  • I would question the assumption that the MAJORITY of the supporters of the losing party are claiming a stolen election. I don't think you can presume that by a vocal minority. Also not a majority, but a lot of people claimed the same in the 2000 Gore/Bush election – JohnFx Nov 30 at 1:07

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