Percent Of Republicans Would Support Postponing 2020 Election

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If President Trump proposed delaying the 2020 election until the USA could ensure that only eligible citizens were able to vote, 52 percent of Republicans would support the move, according to a survey from a pair of academics reported Thursday in the Washington Post.

In the poll, 47 percent of Republicans incorrectly believed that Trump won the popular vote. 68% believe Trump's ludicrous claim that "millions" of "illegal immigrants" voted in the last election despite being ineligible to vote.

The poll was conducted from June 5 to 20 among 1,325 Americans. The party of Trump believes in imaginary voter fraud and would support Trump suspending the 2020 election and ruling like a dictator.

Trump has repeatedly raised concerns about voter fraud, announcing in January that he would investigate any possible fraud committed by "those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time)".

He has also repeatedly claimed that voter fraud was a problem and benefited Hillary Clinton - she won the popular vote by three million ballots - despite his win.

But still, Trump's blunt assertion that his 2016 election had to overcome a vast voter-fraud conspiracy that almost succeeded has brought a latent prejudice into the light in its most sinister dimensions.

Fifty-two percent would support postponing the election.

Quick with a caveat, the pair noted that their survey "is only measuring reactions to a hypothetical situation".

The poll found 52 percent would back a postponement if Mr Trump asked for it, while 56 percent would if both Mr Trump and Congress Republicans did. And this is to say nothing of the various legal and constitutional complications that would immediately become clear. 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).

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