Gallup: In the wake of Trump’s victory, American support for Electoral College rises to historic high

Finally, people are starting to get it… though more work lies ahead!

Donald Trump securing the needed Electoral College votes to win the presidency, despite Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote, comes with an added silver lining.

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Americans are more aware of what the Electoral College is and how it operates, AND support the process by a much greater margin, according to Gallup.

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Granted, more Americans still support direct democracy — the very concept that motivated the Founding Fathers to create the Electoral College to protect the smaller, often more rural states

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More from Gallup:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ support for keeping the Electoral College system for electing presidents has increased sharply. Weeks after the 2016 election, 47% of Americans say they want to keep the Electoral College, while 49% say they want to amend the Constitution to allow for a popular vote for president. In the past, a clear majority favored amending the U.S. Constitution to replace the Electoral College with a popular vote system. […]

This year, for the first time in the 49 years Gallup has asked about it, less than half of Americans want to replace the Electoral College with a popular vote system.

The reason for this shift in opinion is clear: In the aftermath of this year’s election, the percentage of Republicans wanting to replace the Electoral College with the popular vote has fallen significantly.

 

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