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Many Would Support Trump If He Suspends Election

| by Sheena Vasani

According to a new poll, over half of Republicans surveyed would support President Trump if he suspended the 2020 election.

The Washington Post published a poll by two academic authors revealing that 52 percent of Republicans questioned would rally behind Trump if he postponed the 2020 election "until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote."

The poll was conducted from June 5 to 20 among 1,325 Americans, with 650 survey respondents saying they identified with or leaned towards the Republican Party, The Hill reports.

A significant 68-percent majority of those conservative-leaning individuals also believe millions of illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 presidential election.

Nearly three-quarters -- 73 percent -- of Republican poll respondents believe voter fraud occurs "somewhat or very often."

Meanwhile, 47 percent of those surveyed think Trump actually won the popular vote.

To Esquire writer Jack Holmes, this was a disturbing revelation:

They have, in effect, expressed an openness to authoritarianism. After all, many authoritarian movements have been built on lies and distortions supporting a narrative that the majority is the victim of grave injustice and rampant lawlessness on the part of minority groups. That is, in effect, what Trump and Republicans' claims about voter fraud are. They are baseless assertions that lawless, non-American Others are stealing our government from "us."

Readers offered their own opinions in The Hill's comment section.

"It's time for Republicans to end all voter suppression tactics," said one reader. "It's time for Republicans to grasp reality and accept objective truth. All evidence available proves Republicans will go to any length to deny the right to vote to legal citizens who do not vote Republican. If it can be guaranteed that no legal citizen will be denied a 'NCC' than it would be welcome. It is fact that Republicans can not be trusted to ensure such."

Others thought the Washington Post's poll conclusions were misleading.

"Not so much a fake poll as a misleading way to interpret the data," wrote one. "It's about 650 people who claim to be Republicans, not 68% of all Republicans. A pretty small sampling."

"325 Republicans don't speak for all of us no more than 325 Democrats would speak for you," agreed another user. "This headline is ludicrous when 61+ million people voted for Trump and/or are Republicans but didn't. Yet you fall for it every time while declaring how stupid we all are. If you're so much smarter you'd understand the limited scope of these silly polls and realize that your party's generalizations about our intelligence isn't winning you any elections."

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