Republicans willing to suspend 2020 USA election if Trump asks, poll shows


Over half of Republicans would support postponing the 2020 election if President Donald Trump said it was necessary to combat voting fraud, according to a poll conducted for the Washington Post.

In the poll, 47 percent of Republicans incorrectly believed that Trump won the popular vote.

Those who believed there were millions of illegal votes cast in 2016 and/or said that voter fraud is "not rare" correlated strongly with those supporting a postponement.

The poll surveyed 1,325 Americans, with 650 identifying as Republican. Yet examination after examination of voter fraud claims reveal fraud is very rare, voter impersonation is almost non-existent, and much of the problems associated with alleged fraud relates to unintentional mistakes by voters or election administrators.

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 would support postponing the election.

The poll posited a hypothetical situation for their questions, as Trump has not floated the idea of postponing the next election and has shown no indications that he will consider it. Financial markets would presumably react negatively to the potential for political instability. In reality, Hillary Clinton garnered nearly 3 million more votes than Trump.

Nevertheless, we do not believe that these findings can be dismissed out of hand. 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)". 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.