A majority of Republican supporters would back President Donald Trump if he declared that the 2020 presidential election should be postponed to combat illegal voting.
The Washington Post survey, conducted between June 5 and June 20, asked participants a series of questions about whether there had been voter fraud in the Nov. 8, 2016 presidential 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?" the survey then asked, according to The Washington Post.
Of the Republicans polled, 52 percent said they would support the president. The percentage rose to 56 percent when the survey asked about the same hypothetical situation but with congressional Republicans supporting Trump.
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The poll also found that 47 percent of Republicans believe Trump won the popular vote in 2016. The official election result had Trump trailing Hillary Clinton in the popular vote by some 3 million votes, but Trump has argued this is because between 3 and 5 million "illegals" voted.
Sixty-eight percent of Republicans said they believe millions of illegal immigrants voted in 2016, and 73 percent think voter fraud happens often or somewhat often.
The researchers point out that their questions regarding the 2020 presidential election were about a hypothetical situation, noting that many people may respond differently if Trump did, in reality, propose postponing the election. Nobody in the White House has suggested doing so thus far.
Trump's voter fraud commission, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, continues to carry out its investigation into the election. No evidence of voter fraud has yet been produced.
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On June 28, the commission sent a letter to election officials in every state requesting publicly-available voter information, according to HuffPost.
On the same day, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter with broad requests for information on voters as part of its effort to purge voter rolls to 44 states. The timing of these letters raised suspicion regarding if the commission's work is in coordination with the DOJ.
In an Aug. 10 records request, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which is suing Trump's election integrity probe, demanded that any communication between DOJ officials and members of the voter fraud commission to be made public.
In July, the DOJ stated there was no coordination between the two letters.