Majority of Americans continue to favor moving away from Electoral College

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022

Author:     REBECCA SALZER and JOCELYN KILEY
Source:     Pew Research Center
Publication Date:     AUGUST 5, 2022 (schwartzreport.net)
Link: Majority of Americans continue to favor moving away from Electoral College

Stephan:   I support this. I think the Electoral College should be eliminated. It is a part of our electoral process created during the time of slavery to get the slave states to sign off on the Constitution.

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The Electoral College has played an outsize role in several recent U.S. elections, and a majority of Americans would welcome a change to the way presidents are elected.

Around six-in-ten U.S. adults (63%) say the way the president is elected should be changed so that the winner of the popular vote nationwide wins the presidency, while 35% favor keeping the current Electoral College system, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted June 27-July 4, 2022. There has been a modest increase in the share of Americans who favor changing the way presidents are elected: In January 2021, the last time the Center asked this question, 55% said the system should be changed, while 43% supported maintaining the existing system.

The current electoral system in the United States allows for the possibility that the winner of the popular vote may not be able to secure enough Electoral College votes to win the presidency. This was the case in both the 2000 and […]

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