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

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.

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