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The Marquette Law School Poll has asked Wisconsin residents nine times since August 2021 about the 2020 election in Wisconsin, with this question:

“How confident are you that, here in Wisconsin, the votes for president were accurately cast and counted?”

Each time, between 63% and 67% said “very confident or somewhat confident.”

The others said “not too confident” or “not at all confident,” or said they didn’t know.

At a legislative hearing Aug. 29, 2023, former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman said, “A majority of people in Wisconsin have doubts about the honesty of elections in this state.”

That’s true if you consider those who responded “somewhat confident” as “having doubts.” Poll director Charles Franklin said it’s ambiguous whether someone who is “somewhat confident” has doubts.

Gableman conducted a Republican-led, taxpayer-funded investigation of the 2020 Wisconsin election. A judge found that the probe uncovered no evidence of voter fraud.

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Tom Kertscher joined as a Wisconsin Watch fact checker in January 2023 and contributes to our collaboration with the The Gigafact Project to fight misinformation online. Kertscher is a former longtime newspaper reporter, including at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who has worked as a self-employed journalist since 2019. His gigs include contributing writer for PolitiFact and sports freelancer for The Associated Press.