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Percent Of Republicans Would Support Postponing 2020 Election

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More than half of Republicans would support suspending 2020 election if Trump proposed it, poll finds

The poll posed a hypothetical question: If Donald Trump were to say that the 2020 presidential election should be postponed until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote, would you support or oppose postponing the election?

Specifically, more than half of the Republican respondents said they would support a Trump-backed postponement of the 2020 presidential election.

If Donald Trump were to say that the 2020 presidential election should be postponed until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote, would you support or oppose postponing the election?

Despite all the evidence, 47 per cent of the Republicans surveyed think Mr Trump actually won the popular vote and an overwhelming 73 per cent think "voter fraud happens somewhat or very often".

The survey, from Yeshiva University psychology professor Ariel Malka and University of Pennsylvania communication professor Yphtach Lelkes, surveyed 1,325 Americans between June 5 and June 20 this year.

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)".

Fifty-two percent of Republicans responded "support" to the first question, while 56 percent did so for the follow-up.

The poll also noted that those who were most likely to agree with the voter fraud claims were respondents who were younger, less educated, less invested in political news, and more strongly aligned with the GOP.

Elections officials in several states, however, have reported no instances of widespread fraud to back up Trump's claims and, in turn, expressed confidence in the US election process.

Of course, our survey is only measuring reactions to a hypothetical situation. In fact, his rival Hillary Clinton received nearly 3 million more votes. The findings suggest, they write, 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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