More than half of Republicans would be fine with President Trump indefinitely delaying the 2020 presidential race out of concerns for voter integrity, a stunning Washington Post poll showed Thursday. They believe that Trump really won the popular vote. Fifty-six percent answered that they would support the measure if Trump and Congress approved of it.
Trump's hand-picked members of the majority Republican panel have claimed they are inspecting national voter fraud, and its vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, said America "may never know" if Clinton won the popular vote. People who believed that Trump won the popular vote, that there were millions of illegal votes in 2016, or that voter fraud is not rare were more likely to support postponing the election. The survey focused on the 650 respondents who said they identified with or leaned toward the Republican Party.
The grim possibility that a majority of adherents of one of the country's two major political parties thinks elections are so debased that suspending them would be no big deal can not exclusively be attributed to Trump, of course.
Of course this is still hypothetical.
The poll results found that 52 percent of Republican would support an election postponement if President Trump proposed the idea, and 56 percent of Republicans would back a postponement if Congressional Republicans and President Trump proposed it. And this is to say nothing of the various legal and constitutional complications that would immediately become clear.
"Nevertheless, we do not believe that these findings can be dismissed out of hand", they added. Lelkes is an assistant professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.