Mike Pence Is Coming Out Ahead Of Donald Trump In A Surprising New Poll

More than a year after a bloody and deadly riot at the United States Capitol where supporters of former president Donald Trump chanted "Hang Mike Pence" over their anger that the then-vice president refused to not certify the electoral college count, something that is typically a formality in Washington D.C. on January 6 every four years, Mike Pence finally came out and admitted he didn't have the power to change the 2020 election results.

Per NPR, in a speech to the conservative Federalist Society on February 4, 2022, Pence told the audience that he did his job that day — or actually in the wee hours of the morning when Congress reconvened to certify the results after the threat at the Capitol seemed gone. "President Trump is wrong," Pence said in his speech (via Twitter). "I had no right to overturn the election. The presidency belongs to the American people, and the American people alone. And frankly, there is no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president."

While Trump made it clear after that speech that he doesn't think he was wrong, including in a statement explaining just that, others seem to believe Pence was right on the money with his assessment.

New polling sides with Mike Pence over Donald Trump

After Mike Pence asserted that as vice president he had no right to overturn the 2020 presidential election, calling former president Donald Trump "wrong," Trump countered that he was not wrong at all, saying:

"Just saw Mike Pence's statement on the fact that he had no right to do anything with respect to the Electoral Vote Count, other than being an automatic conveyor belt for the Old Crow Mitch McConnell to get Biden elected President as quickly as possible," Trump wrote (via The New York Post). "Well, the Vice President's position is not an automatic conveyor if obvious signs of voter fraud or irregularities exist...In other words, I was right and everyone knows it."

Well, not everyone. In fact, a new poll from Quinnipiac found that a whopping 72% of Americans think that Trump was indeed wrong and that Pence had no power to change election votes. However, the more staggering number is the percentage of Republicans who think the same. More than half of Republicans, 52% to be exact, believe Pence was right when he said he had no right to overturn an election voted on by the American people.