News ID: 240683
Published: 0230 GMT March 27, 2019

Most Americans want popular vote not Electoral College: Poll

Most Americans want popular vote not Electoral College: Poll
In this AFP file photo taken on October 9, 2018 supporters cheer as US President Donald Trump speaks at a "Make America Great Again" rally at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

A new poll shows that most American voters prefer the national vote rather than Electoral College.

According to the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday, half of the participants, 50 percent, believed that the president should be elected through the national vote, Press TV reported.

While 16 percent of voters had no opinion, over 34 percent said they agree with the existing Electoral College system, which in part made Donald Trump the US president in the 2016 election.

As races were heating up among Democrats for the 2020 presidential election, the debate about how the president should be elected has been revived.

The proponents of the Electoral College system argue that it protects the power of states, whereas its opponents maintain that it is just a historical vestige of slavery-era US.

Multiple contenders are running on the Democratic front for the 2020 presidential election to prevent President Trump from taking control of the White House for a second term. Most prominent among them are Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke and Elizabeth Warren, and possibly Joe Biden.

The poll was conducted March 22-24, surveying 1,994 registered voters.

A separate POLITICO/Morning Consult poll showed that nearly half of the people still think Trump obstructed the so-called Russian probe despite a report by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“As the Mueller report conclusion reverberates broadly, our polling suggests that the release of the summary findings has had little impact on President Trump’s favorability,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president. “Notably, 44 percent of voters — including 73 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of independents — have a less favorable impression of the president following Attorney General William Barr's summary of the Mueller report. This compares with 39 percent — including 79 percent of Republicans — who have a more favorable view."


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