Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Half of Republicans Open to Postponing of 2020 Elections

Half of Republicans Open to Postponing of 2020 Elections

A majority of Republicans believe undocumented immigrants voted in the 2016 election and would support postponing the 2020 contest until the US could ensure only eligible citizens cast ballots, according to a new poll. The number of Republicans supporting the hypothetical delay jumped to 56 percent when respondents were told that both Mr. Trump and Republicans in Congress proposed the move.

The survey came as the Trump administration seeks to crack down on voter fraud with his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

A large majority of Republicans, 68 percent, also believe that millions of undocumented immigrants voted in the past election, and 73 percent believe that vote fraud happens somewhat or very often.

Mr Trump has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, millions of people voted illegally - and he would have won if their votes weren't counted.

Slightly more than half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election if President Trump proposed it to make sure only eligible American citizens can vote, according to a new survey.

The poll was conducted between 5 June and 20 June, comprising interviews of 1,325 Americans, with 650 self-identifying as Republicans.

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

Not surprisingly, beliefs about the 2016 election and voter fraud were correlated with support for postponement.

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.

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. Citizens would nearly certainly form their opinions amid such tumult, which does not at all resemble the context in which our survey was conducted.

Malka is an associate professor of psychology at Yeshiva University.

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