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Darron Cummings/AP

A new poll published in the Washington Post found that 52% of Republicans would support postponing the 2020 election if President Trump requested it to "make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote". It also found 56% of Republicans would support a delay if Congressional Republicans were in support.

  • Other takeaways among the Republicans surveyed: 68% believe illegal immigrants voted, 73% believe voter fraud happens somewhat or very often, and 47% believe Trump won the popular vote.
  • Keep in mind: The poll asked respondents questions about voter fraud before asking about the postponing the 2020 election. As Business Insider editor Josh Barro tweeted, "the poll was designed to produce alarming results..." and find correlations between beliefs in voter fraud and postponing.
  • We've seen deeply partisan polls before. During the 2016 campaign, The Hill reported that a majority of Democrats would support canceling the 2016 election in favor of Obama remaining in office for a third term.

The relevant poll questions, via WaPo:"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?""What if both Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress 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?"

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