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Alex Brandon / AP

Nearly half (49%) of Trump voters incorrectly believe he won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, according to a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll. Overall, 59% of registered voters correctly identified Clinton getting more popular votes, and 72% of registered voters correctly identified Trump winning the electoral college.

Why it matters: Hillary Clinton received 2.8 million more votes than Trump, who won the presidency by winning more votes in the electoral college, according to the Federal Elections Commission. Almost half of Trump voters disbelieving this highlights the pervasiveness and effectiveness of the fake news epidemic and illustrates again the partisan divide in the U.S.

  • Who won the popular vote? Trump voters: 49% said Trump, while 40% correctly chose Hillary ClintonClinton voters: 84% correctly identified Clinton as winning the popular vote while 9% said Donald Trump.
  • Who won the electoral college?Trump voters: 87% correctly identified Trump as winning the electoral college, while 6% said Hillary Clinton did. Clinton voters: 69% correctly identified Trump as winning the electoral college, while 22% said Hillary Clinton.

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