Over half of Republicans would support postponing 2020 election

Friday, 11 Aug, 2017

The majority of those, according to the poll, would be fine with letting Trump have free run of the next presidential election, with 52 percent saying they would support Trump if he proposed the next election "until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote".

The poll also asked who won the popular vote in the 2016 election - 47 percent of Republicans wrongly said Mr Trump did. They believe that Trump really won the popular vote.

Specifically, more than half of the Republican respondents said they would support a Trump-backed postponement of the 2020 presidential election.

Even more, or 73 percent, meanwhile, said they believe voter fraud happens somewhat or very often, according o the poll's results.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly, and falsely, claimed millions voted illegally.

Nearly two thirds of respondents thought election fraud is rampant in the country.

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The Washington Post surveyed over 1,000 American adults, focusing on the 650 voters who identify as or lean Republican, who were asked both about the previous presidential election and the next.

Trump has claimed that he would have won the popular vote if it were not for widespread voting fraud. The party of Trump believes in imaginary voter fraud and would support Trump suspending the 2020 election and ruling like a dictator.

Of course, our survey is only measuring reactions to a hypothetical situation. The percentage giving a thumbs-up to this scheme rose to 56 percent if congressional Republicans joined Trump in calling for it. And this is to say nothing of the various legal and constitutional complications that would immediately become clear.

"At a minimum, they show that a substantial number of Republicans are amenable to violations of democratic norms that are more flagrant than what is typically proposed (or studied)", the Post wrote about the poll.

Malka is an associate professor of psychology at Yeshiva University.