Half of Republicans would support postponing the 2020 presidential election if President Donald Trump proposed it as a means of combating voter fraud, according to a new poll.
Trump has claimed that “millions” of votes cast by immigrants in the country illegally cost him the popular vote in November’s presidential election. But there is no evidence to support the claim that widespread voter fraud took place.
According to the poll by the Washington Post, 47 percent of Republicans believe that Trump won the popular vote. Meanwhile, 68 percent believe the unsubstantiated claim that millions of illegal immigrants voted in the election. Seventy-three percent said voter fraud happens “somewhat or very often.”
The poll asked respondents if they would support postponing the 2020 election if Trump suggested proposed delaying it until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote. Fifty-two percent said they would support such a proposal. Fifty-six percent said they would support delaying the election if both Trump and Republicans in Congress suggested it.
The Washington Post survey interviewed a sample of 1,325 Americans from June 5-20, with the focus on 650 respondents who identify with or lean toward the Republican Party.
The Washington Post noted that the poll only measures opinion of “a hypothetical situation” and neither Trump nor anyone in his administration has suggested postponing the election.
A comparable poll by WPA Research found last year that a majority of Democrats would have supported canceling the 2016 election if it meant President Barack Obama could have served a third term, according to The Hill.