52% Republican voters would support postponing 2020 election
Illinois Intelligencer - Friday 11th August, 2017
Majority of the GOP voters said they would support the move if Trump requested it
The new survey was from Ariel Malka, associate professor at Yeshiva University
Authors asked voters questions related to Trump's statements on voter fraud
WASHINGTON, U.S. - In a new survey from Ariel Malka, associate professor of psychology at Yeshiva University, and Yphtach Lelkes, assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, it was revealed that a majority of GOP voters would support postponing the 2020 election if Trump requested it.
The new poll found 52 percent of Republicans would back postponement of the election if Trump and congressional Republicans requested the contest be delayed.
Authors of the poll said that participants, that involved 1,325 Americans were asked a series of questions related to Trump's statements on voter fraud.
They were asked whether they believe Trump won the popular vote, whether millions of illegal immigrants voted, and how often they believe voter fraud occurs.
On delaying the 2020 election, Republican voters were asked two questions: Whether they would back postponement if Trump said the election should be delayed to ensure only eligible American citizens can vote, and whether they would back postponement if Trump and Republicans in Congress said it should be delayed to ensure only eligible American citizens can vote.
The poll revealed that 47 percent of Republican voters think Trump won the popular vote, and 68 percent believe millions of illegal immigrants voted.
Further, 73 percent said they believe voter fraud occurs somewhat or very often.
The authors also conceded they were measuring responses to a hypothetical situation.
They noted that any suggestion to postpone the 2020 election would be met with opposition across the political spectrum.
Still, the authors have said they don't believe their findings can be dismissed.
Reporting the findings in the Washington Post, they said, "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 technically proposed (or studied). And although the ensuing chaos could turn more Republicans against this kind of proposal, it is also conceivable that a high-stakes and polarized debate would do the exact opposite."
Earlier this year, Trump launched the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to study voter fraud.
The poll was conducted from June 5-20, and focused on 650 respondents who said they identified with or leaned toward the GOP.
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