Republicans would back postponing election if Trump asked

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The pollsters also found that 47 percent of Republicans believe Trump won the popular vote, while 86 percent believe that millions of illegal immigrants took part in the election.

The survey interviewed a sample of 1,325 Americans from June 5 through 20.

President Donald Trump's warnings against voter fraud stuck a chord with many Republicans, half of whom would support suspending the 2020 election until this problem is fixed.

The Post notes that this poll is based on a hypothetical, and public reaction to the idea of postponing an election would surely shift if it were an actual proposition by the president.

Trump has formed a much-criticized voter fraud panel out of his fact-free belief that "millions" of illegal voters cost him the popular vote.

The Republican Party is no longer the party of Lincoln and Reagan and is now the party of blind following of Trump. Again, this is similar to previous polls.

Fifty-six percent support postponing the election if Trump and congressional Republicans called for it. But we must be careful not to undermine free and fair access to the ballot in the name of preventing voter fraud.

The survey noted that the Republican voters who said they were younger, less educated, strongly identified with the GOP and less invested in political news were the ones most likely to agree with Trump's fraud claims. They believe that Trump really won the popular vote. And this is to say nothing of the various legal and constitutional complications that would immediately become clear. At a minimum, they show that a substantial number of Republicans are amenable to violations of democratic norms that are more flagrant than what is typically proposed (or studied).

Still, the authors - Ariel Malka, an associate professor of psychology at Yeshiva, and Yphtach Lelkes, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania - suggest the results are worth paying attention to.

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