Attendees stand during the National Anthem at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Cross Insurance Center on October 15, 2016 in Bangor, Maine. (Photo by AFP)
More than four in 10 American voters are now saying the 2016 presidential election could be "stolen" from Republican nominee Donald Trump due to widespread voter fraud, according to a new poll.  
The new POLITICO/Morning Consult survey, released on Monday, shows that Trump’s mantra about a “rigged” election is having an effect, with 41 percent of voters across the United States think the election could be swiped from him.
And 73 percent of Republican voters think the election could be stolen from the billionaire businessman, while 17 percent of Democrats agree with the prospect of rigging.
The poll was conducted among 1,999 registered voters from October 13 to October 15.
Over the last week, Trump has intensified his criticism of the American electoral system. He called the election process rigged, and said the media is colluding with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in order to beat him.
On Sunday, Trump again questioned the legitimacy of the US elections, saying that he believed the vote was already being "rigged" at many polling places.
"The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary - but also at many polling places - SAD," Trump wrote on Twitter.
Addressing his supporters in New Hampshire a day earlier, Trump accused the "corrupt" media of manipulating the November election in favor of Clinton.
"Hillary is running for president in what looks like a rigged election," Trump said on Saturday.
"The election is being rigged by corrupt media pushing completely false allegations and outright lies in an effort to elect her president," the real estate magnate said.
On Saturday, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions accused the US establishment of attempting to rig the presidential election for Clinton.
"They are attempting to rig this election," Sessions said at a rally held in support of Trump in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. "They will not succeed.”
 Donald Trump speaks at an event on October 15, 2016 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (Photo by AFP)
The US media has launched an offensive against Trump in recent days, running reports of several women claiming the billionaire businessman has groped and forcibly kissed them.
Trump has called the allegations “slander and libel” and part of a “concerted, coordinated and vicious attack” launched by Clinton and the news media to destroy his campaign.
Trump said on Thursday night that the American news media and wicked elements of the government were partners of the Democratic candidate in order to promote a globalist agenda against Americans.
Trump said the November presidential election will determine whether America is a free nation, “or whether we have only the illusion of democracy, but are in fact controlled by a small handful of global special interests rigging the system.”