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12/19: Abolish the Electoral College? Majority Favors Popular Vote


12/19: Abolish the Electoral College? Majority Favors Popular Vote

When thinking about future presidential elections, should the Electoral College be abandoned in favor of adopting the popular vote to determine the winner of the presidential election?  A majority of registered voters, 52%, think the popular vote should be the deciding factor while 45% say the Electoral College should be the determinant.  Three percent are unsure.

“It’s the second time in the last five presidential elections that the winner of the popular vote does not assume the presidency,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.  “No wonder there is controversy over the method of selecting a president.”

A partisan divide exists.  While nearly eight in ten Democrats, 78%, think the nation should move away from the Electoral College and adopt the popular vote, 67% of Republicans and 52% of independents disagree and think the Electoral College system should remain in place.

Attitudes also differ based on race and gender.  A majority of white voters, 51%, think the Electoral College should determine future elections.  However, 74% of African Americans and 63% of Latinos say the popular vote should take precedence.  A majority of women, 56%, favor the popular vote, but men divide, 50% for the Electoral College and 48% for the popular vote.

Complete December 19, 2016 McClatchy-Marist Poll Release of the United States

Complete December 19, 2016 McClatchy-Marist Poll Tables of the United States

Marist Poll Methodology

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  5. RioSam

    December 20, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    There would have to be other stipulations also put in place before changing from Electoral to popular vote. 1) All US citizens would be required to register to vote AND also be required by law to vote! (NO registration on voting day) 2) All people registering must show PROOF of US citizenship. Proof of identity would be required before receiving your PAPER ballot…….NO electronic voting! All ballots placed in LOCKED BOXES and taken to a central location. All countng is done under the scrutiny of extreme security.. This will of course take longer so actual results wouldn’t be known for a few days after the election.. but the results would likely be much more honest and accurate. Then and only then would I be in favor of using the popular vote, even though it goes against the principles of a Republic.

  6. Bob

    December 20, 2017 at 6:55 AM

    This poll is equivalent to one where people think New Hampshire should be absorbed by Vermont.

    States are legal entities which have rights as states. The United States is a collection of states. This is why the states, not the people elect presidents.

    It doesn’t matter what people poll. You have to dissolve the United States to change it.

  7. billy TwoKnives

    December 20, 2017 at 3:42 AM

    They would be praising the Electoral College and our Founders great wisdom had the evil Harridan been elected due to the Elector College. Hyopcrites one and all.

  8. Taint Boil

    December 19, 2017 at 11:57 PM

    popular vote ….. that’s 4 wolves and a lamb voting on what is for dinner. Be careful what you wish for it may come true. OMG Americans are so dumb …….

  9. Remove Democrats

    December 19, 2017 at 8:49 PM

    Funny how the DemocRats think the electoral college needs to go after Trump won. The EC is there for a reason. These uneducated rats need to pick up a book on American history.

  10. Hari Baz

    December 19, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    Then change the Constitution. THAT isn’t base on popular vote.

  11. StikeDC

    December 19, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    I’ve thought that for about 50 years. And foresaw the 2000 condundrum, which Jim Lehrer, debate moderator, should have asked the candidates about in the debate. BEFORE the election. But the media is too myopic to focus on important things in debates — go back and rewatch them from last year. A joke.

  12. Fran Peterson

    December 19, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Democracy: Two wolves and a sheep deciding what’s for dinner. Brilliant.

  13. The Man

    December 19, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    Should read “52% of registered voters do not understand how the Constitution works and why the Framers set it up as it is.”


    December 19, 2017 at 1:04 PM

    More fake news and fake polls.

  15. Paul

    December 19, 2017 at 12:27 PM

    Marist is a joke polling outfit. Very little credibility.

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