A majority of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election if President Trump proposed it in order to make sure only eligible American citizens can vote, according to a new survey.
The survey, conducted by two academic authors and published by The Washington Post, interviewed a sample of 1,325 Americans from June 5 through 20.
The poll revealed that an astonishing 52 percent of Republicans said they would back a postponement of the next election if Trump called for it.
When asked if they would support a proposal by both Trump and congressional Republicans to postpone the election to ensure only eligible citizens could vote, support from Republicans rose to 56 percent.
Forty-seven percent of Republicans believe that Trump won the popular vote. (More Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than any other losing presidential candidate in US history, with 65,844,954 (48.2%) votes to Trump’s 62,979,879 (46.1%), a difference of almost 2.9 million votes.)
Sixty-eight percent of Republicans believe that millions of illegal immigrants voted and 73 percent think that voter fraud happens somewhat or very often.
In July, Trump’s “election integrity” commission held its first meeting. The commission was set up, in large part, to study voter fraud — after Trump repeatedly claimed without providing any evidence whatsoever that “millions” of people voting illegally had cost him the popular vote in the 2016 election.
“The claim that there were millions of illegal voters in this past election is false and unsupported by any credible evidence,” Rick Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California Irvine, wrote.
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
The Post adds:
Not surprisingly, beliefs about the 2016 election and voter fraud were correlated with support for postponement. 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. This support was also more prevalent among Republicans who were younger, were less educated, had less factual knowledge of politics and strongly identified with the party.