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10-08-2017, 09:53 AM
Poll: Half of Republicans would support postponing 2020 Election
In a new poll, half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 election if Trump proposed it
Quote:Critics of President Trump have repeatedly warned of his potential to undermine American democracy. Among the concerns are his repeated assertions that he would have won the popular vote had 3 to 5 million “illegals” not voted in the 2016 election, a claim echoed by the head of a White House advisory committee on voter fraud.

Claims of large-scale voter fraud are not true, but that has not stopped a substantial number of Republicans from believing them. But how far would Republicans be willing to follow the president to stop what they perceive as rampant fraud? Our recent survey suggests that the answer is quite far: About half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election until the country can fix this problem.

Here’s how we did our research:

The survey interviewed a sample of 1,325 Americans from June 5 through 20. Respondents were recruited from the Qualtrics online panel who had previously reported identifying with or leaning toward one of the two major parties. We focus on the 650 respondents who identify with or lean toward the Republican Party. The sample has been weighted to match the population in terms of sex, age, race and education.

After a series of initial questions, respondents were asked whether Trump won the popular vote, whether millions of illegal immigrants voted, and how often voter fraud occurs. These questions evoke arguments frequently made by Trump and others about the integrity of the 2016 election.

Then the survey asked two questions about postponing the 2020 election.

*If Donald Trump were to say that the 2020 presidential election should be postponed until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote, would you support or oppose postponing the election?

*What if both Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress were to say that the 2020 presidential election should be postponed until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote? Would you support or oppose postponing the election?

Roughly half of Republicans believe Trump won the popular vote — and would support postponing the 2020 election.

Nearly half of Republicans (47 percent) believe that Trump won the popular vote, which is similar to this finding. Larger fractions believe that millions of illegal immigrants voted (68 percent) and that voter fraud happens somewhat or very often (73 percent). Again, this is similar to previous polls.

Moreover, 52 percent said that they would support postponing the 2020 election, and 56 percent said they would do so if both Trump and Republicans in Congress were behind this.

[What if Pence’s voter fraud commission ‘finds’ thousands of duplicate registrations? They will. Here’s why.]

Not surprisingly, beliefs about the 2016 election and voter fraud were correlated with support for postponement. People who believed that Trump won the popular vote, that there were millions of illegal votes in 2016, or that voter fraud is not rare were more likely to support postponing the election. This support was also more prevalent among Republicans who were younger, were less educated, had less factual knowledge of politics and strongly identified with the party.

Of course this is still hypothetical.

Of course, our survey is only measuring reactions to a hypothetical situation. Were Trump to seriously propose postponing the election, there would be a torrent of opposition, which would most likely include prominent Republicans. Financial markets would presumably react negatively to the potential for political instability. And this is to say nothing of the various legal and constitutional complications that would immediately become clear. Citizens would almost certainly form their opinions amid such tumult, which does not at all resemble the context in which our survey was conducted.

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10-08-2017, 10:04 AM
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10-08-2017, 10:20 AM
RE: Poll: Half of Republicans would support postponing 2020 Election
It's a bit of a silly poll. "Let's troll 650 people on a weird possibility that no one is actually suggesting!"
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10-08-2017, 10:46 AM
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(10-08-2017 10:20 AM)jerry mcmasters Wrote:  It's a bit of a silly poll. "Let's troll 650 people on a weird possibility that no one is actually suggesting!"

Whether it's suggested or not is irrelevant to the point being made. The only way it's "silly" is it tells us what most of us already knew: there's a large portion of Trump supporters that support him no matter what.
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10-08-2017, 11:23 AM
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(10-08-2017 10:20 AM)jerry mcmasters Wrote:  It's a bit of a silly poll. "Let's troll 650 people on a weird possibility that no one is actually suggesting!"

Except for how this has come up before and will again in suggestions by people. Though usually when these stories come up, it's the opposite party who is saying the idea will come to pass.

Political Insider (right leaning): Will Obama postpone elections and declare martial law?!

Truth and Action (Right Leaning): Ben Carson's Repeating Warnings: Obama may use martial law to postpone elections. But hey, he's only the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development now, after floating that conspiracy theory.


Breitbart freaked out over the mere thought of President Obama delaying elections for an area by one day after they were hit by a hurricane.

The issue also came up in 2004, when still deeply afraid of terrorism, the specter was raised. The Congressional Research Service put out this 9 page document laying out whether or not the Executive Branch has the power to delay elections. CNN and USA Today, both mainstream publications, ran articles about the possibility of postponing elections due to terrorist attacks.

As for WaPo's poll itself in this case...yes they did propose something that probably would never happen or seriously been called for. However, they used a professional service for doing so from their methodology, seemed to have statistical power behind it, and made efforts for proper weighting and accounting for the representative nature of the sample. Plausible scenario or not, it does show a rather chilling cult of personality where President Trump was probably correct as Candidate Trump; he could probably do something like shoot someone in broad daylight on 5th Avenue and not lost any of his most ardent supporters.

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10-08-2017, 11:56 AM
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Trump is a shithead and half of republicunts are shitheads, too. What is the surprise?

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10-08-2017, 03:58 PM
RE: Poll: Half of Republicans would support postponing 2020 Election
(10-08-2017 11:23 AM)Shai Hulud Wrote:  
(10-08-2017 10:20 AM)jerry mcmasters Wrote:  It's a bit of a silly poll. "Let's troll 650 people on a weird possibility that no one is actually suggesting!"

Except for how this has come up before and will again in suggestions by people. Though usually when these stories come up, it's the opposite party who is saying the idea will come to pass.

Oh I didn't mean to suggest this kind of thing was a one-way street! Both sides do it and I find it kind of silly for both. But yeah I remember recently having a conversation with someone who was dead serious and said get ready for martial law because Obama wanted to stay in power and was going to manufacture some kind of emergency to stay in power.

Quote:As for WaPo's poll itself in this case...yes they did propose something that probably would never happen or seriously been called for. However, they used a professional service for doing so from their methodology, seemed to have statistical power behind it, and made efforts for proper weighting and accounting for the representative nature of the sample. Plausible scenario or not, it does show a rather chilling cult of personality where President Trump was probably correct as Candidate Trump; he could probably do something like shoot someone in broad daylight on 5th Avenue and not lost any of his most ardent supporters.

I don't know much about valid statistic methodology, 650 people seems not a huge sampling but I guess so. I don't think people are always sincere on these kinds of polls though, they respond (on both sides) to dog whistles. I doubt they all respond to what they actually believe to be true, they just interpret the question as either a Fuck Trump question or a Fuck Hillary question. Imagine this poll sent out to people identifying as pro-Democrat: "Reports say that President Trump is compiling a list of American citizens with brown skin for deportation to their nation of anscestry. Do you believe this is true?" Not everyone would think seriously about the question, they would just check the "yes" box because, fuck Trump what an asshole.
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10-08-2017, 04:08 PM
RE: Poll: Half of Republicans would support postponing 2020 Election
(10-08-2017 10:46 AM)ResidentEvilFan Wrote:  
(10-08-2017 10:20 AM)jerry mcmasters Wrote:  It's a bit of a silly poll. "Let's troll 650 people on a weird possibility that no one is actually suggesting!"
The only way it's "silly" is it tells us what most of us already knew: there's a large portion of Trump supporters that support him no matter what.

That's what I thought was silly about it.
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