Half of Republicans would be OK with Trump postponing 2020 election

Voter fraud claims have root in ugly history

The poll was conducted from June 5 to 20 among 1,325 Americans.

The grim possibility that a majority of adherents of one of the country's two major political parties thinks elections are so debased that suspending them would be no big deal can not exclusively be attributed to Trump, of course.

Pollsters found 47 percent of Republicans think Trump won the popular vote.

The Washington Post, which carried out the poll, asked voters the following two questions.

Fifty-two percent of the Republicans said they would support Trump if he wanted to postpone the next presidential race "until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote".

If Trump and congressional Republicans proposed postponing the election to ensure only eligible citizens could vote, support from Republicans rises to 56 percent.

Since winning the 2016 election, Trump has insisted that he did, in fact, win the popular vote "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally"-a claim that has been repeatedly debunked". Any Republican who is not supporting this president with no questions asked is going to find themselves drummed out of the party.

The newspaper, however, stressed that the survey measures reactions to a hypothetical situation and that public opinion could change significantly if such a scenario were actually proposed. And this is to say nothing of the various legal and constitutional complications that would immediately become clear.

Though no one in the administration has proposed such a move, the results show that more than half of Republicans "are amenable to violations of democratic norms". 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. Lelkes is an assistant professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

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