Poll: Majority of Democrats want to ditch Electoral College
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A majority of Democrats are in favor of abolishing the Electoral College, according to an online poll released Thursday.

The Huffington Post/YouGov poll finds 66 percent of Democrats favor scrapping the Electoral College for a popular vote system to elect the president, while 14 percent want to keep the current system.

Most Republicans, 67 percent, are in favor of keeping the Electoral College, with just 13 percent saying Congress should amend the Constitution so the candidate who receives the most total votes nationwide wins the election.

Overall, 41 percent of Americans support relying on the popular vote total to elect a president, while 34 percent prefer the current system and 25 percent are unsure. 

Democrats have lashed out at the Electoral College system after their nominee, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up McCabe's shocking claims prove the bloodless coup rolls on MORE, won the popular vote last week but lost the Electoral College to GOP rival Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE.

Clinton is the fifth presidential candidate in U.S. history to win the popular vote but lose the election and the second Democrat in 16 years to do so, after Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreFor 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love Key Colorado House committee passes bill to decide presidential elections by popular vote, not Electoral college David Brock: Howard Schultz’s vanity project will reelect Donald Trump MORE's electoral loss to George W. Bush in 2000.

Several Democrats, including 2016 presidential hopeful Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' MORE, have called on Congress to review the Electoral College. 

Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list MORE (D-Calif.) has introduced legislation to abolish the Electoral College. Even if passed by the GOP-led Congress, it would need approval from three-fourths of states to take effect.

"In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not win the popular vote," Boxer said Tuesday, calling the Electoral College "outdated" and "undemocratic."

The poll released Thursday also suggests Trump may have a ways to go in uniting the country after a divisive campaign.

While 78 percent of Americans considered Trump's win legitimate, 40 percent of Democrats say they won't accept Trump as the legitimate president and 42 percent said they believe the election was "rigged." 

The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults was conducted Nov. 11–14 using an opt-in online panel.