A new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds little support for efforts to sway members of the Electoral College away from President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
Almost half of voters, 46 percent, say electors should be bound to the candidate who won their state, despite their opinion of that candidate.
Only about one-third of voters think electors should be free to vote for another candidate if they have significant concerns about the winner in their state.
Another 20 percent were undecided.
Over the past few weeks, there have been efforts to push back against Trump’s victory in the Electoral College, where he won 306 votes. Members of the Electoral College are meeting today to ratify the vote.
The poll finds more support among Democrats for unbound electors.
Half of self-identified Democrats say the electors shouldn’t be bound to the candidate that won their state. Fifty-two percent of those who voted for their party’s presidential nominee, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE, say the same.
On the other hand, 64 percent of Republicans and those who voted for the president-elect say electors should be bound to vote for the candidate who won their state.
Forty-six percent of voters think the Electoral College should be replaced with a popular vote system, and 40 percent think the Electoral College should remain, according to the poll.
More than two-thirds of Democrats think the Electoral College should be replaced, while 62 percent of Republicans think the Electoral College should be kept.
Among Clinton voters, 71 percent think the Electoral College should be replaced and 62 percent of Trump voters think the system should be maintained.
Clinton won the popular vote by about 2.9 million votes, despite losing the Electoral College.
The poll was conducted from Dec. 15 to 17 among 2,000 registered voters. The margin of error is 2 percentage points.
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