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More Than Half of Republicans Would Support Postponing the 2020 Election

More Than Half of Republicans Would Support Postponing the 2020 Election

An alarming new poll from the Washington Post suggests a majority of the GOP have lost their goddamn minds and would be fine with the possibility of a dictatorship under Donald Trump if it means ensuring nobody is voting illegally in our country's elections.

The Post poll of 1,325 Americans showed most of the 650 who identified as Republicans have bought into Trump's doubts - and would give him free reign over the next election.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a Democrat, has declined to comply with a request by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which is investigating possible voter fraud. Trump notoriously refused in the final weeks of the campaign to say whether he support the outcome of the election no matter what.

Roughly half of Republicans believe Trump won the popular vote - and would support postponing the 2020 election.

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He said that the results were "the work of a computer" and did not reflect the will of voters. Election commission head Ezra Chiloba has dismissed any claims of alleged election fraud.

68 percent of Republicans think "millions" of undocumented immigrants voted in the election. Again, this is similar to previous polls.

Respondents were initially asked voter fraud-related questions (including who won the popular vote in 2016 - since Trump claims he did - if illegal votes were found and thrown out) before moving to the topic of delaying the 2020 election. Fifty-six percent answered that they would support the measure if Trump and Congress approved of it. Those supporting postponement also "had less factual knowledge of politics" than the "oppose" respondents.

The newspaper, however, stressed that the survey measures reactions to a hypothetical situation and that public opinion could change significantly if such a scenario were actually proposed.

Nevertheless, we do not believe that these findings can be dismissed out of hand. 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). Lelkes is an assistant professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.


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