Americans Agree: Get Rid of Electoral College, Use Popular Vote

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

It is difficult, if not downright impossible, to get Democrats and Republicans to agree on anything. But there is one issue where there appears to be a consensus -- a majority of both parties wants to eliminate the Electoral College and use the popular vote to decide presidential elections.

A Gallup poll released Monday finds 62% of Americans want to abolish the Electoral College. Just 35% want to keep a complex, Constitional system where states are awarded electoral votes based on their own population, with a candidate needing 270 votes to win the presidency.

Among Democrats, 71% want to use the popular vote, and for the first time since 2000 when Al Gore won the popular vote but George Bush won in the Electoral College, a majority of Republicans now favor getting rid of the Electoral College.

Americans have long favored the popular vote over the Electoral College, hitting a high of 80% in a 1968 poll.

Gallup writes:

With 62% of Americans today in favor of abolishing the Electoral College, Americans show relatively little attachment to this unique invention of the country's Founding Fathers. The system was devised as a compromise between those who wanted Congress to select the president and those who favored election by the people, and it has resulted in a highly state-based approach to presidential campaigning.