55% Favor Elimination of Electoral College

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters favor eliminating the Electoral College and electing the president directly with a popular vote. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 45% are opposed. Those figures include 28% who Strongly Favor the plan and 25% who are Strongly Opposed.

After hearing seven statements about the potential impact of eliminating the Electoral College, there was little change of opinion. On the second ask, 53% remained in favor while 47% were opposed.

Only two of the potential impacts made people substantially less likely to support elimination of the Electoral College. The first was that it could create a situation where many candidates run and a new president could be elected with only about 20% of the vote. That possibility made 49% less likely to support the change and 33% more likely to do so.

The other possibility that raised doubts was the chance of electing a president with only narrow regional support. By a 45% to 39% margin, that made people less likely to support a direct popular vote.

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There is a definite partisan divide on this question. On the initial ask, 76% of Democrats favored direct popular election along with 52% of Independent voters. Just 35% of Republicans agreed. Those figures changed little after hearing of potential implications.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of women support changing the rules for electing a president. So do 51% of men. Those figures include 61% of suburban women and 64% of women with a college degree.

Urban voters were most supportive of a direct popular vote. Rural voters were the most opposed.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted March 21-22, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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