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GOP pollster: Electoral College prevents 'tyranny of majority' very effectively

Republican pollster Ed Goeas dismissed Democratic criticisms of the U.S. Electoral College Tuesday, arguing that the presidential voting system protects Americans from a "tyranny of the majority" in which small groups of citizens could have their rights abused by the majority.

“The point is, the founding fathers are very concerned that in the majority, we get too passionate about their controls and too passionate about their interests, ” Goeas said on Hill.TV’s “What America’s Thinking.”

The Electoral College has become a partisan flashpoint after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election while receiving millions fewer voters than Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director Trump neck and neck with top 2020 Democrats in Wisconsin: poll Clinton tweets impeachment website, encourages voters to 'see the evidence for themselves' MORE.

In the latest The Hill-Harris X poll, 64 percent of voters who picked Clinton favor abolishing the Electoral College, while 61% people who voted for Trump want to keep the system.

“If you looked at vote that just happened in 2016, and you take away the plus vote in California and in New York, Hillary Clinton did not win the majority of the vote,” Goeas said.

While presently Democrats are interested in changing over to a national popular vote system, it's only a matter of time before Republicans become more passionate about it, the pollster added.

“I have been seeing ebbs and flow on this issue. There are Republicans pushing for getting rid of the Electoral College. This time the Democrats are pushing to get rid of it,” Goeas added.

Several Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSaagar Enjeti says Buttigieg's release of McKinsey client list shows he 'caved to public pressure' On The Money: Lawmakers strike spending deal | US, China reach limited trade deal ahead of tariff deadline | Lighthizer fails to quell GOP angst over new NAFTA Bill Weld: As many as six GOP senators privately support convicting Trump MORE (D-Mass.), Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSaagar Enjeti says Buttigieg's release of McKinsey client list shows he 'caved to public pressure' Biden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director Trump neck and neck with top 2020 Democrats in Wisconsin: poll MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices | Senate confirms Trump FDA pick | Trump officials approve Medicaid work requirements in South Carolina Sanders endorses Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur for Katie Hill's former House seat Kamala Harris dropped out, but let's keep her mental health plan alive MORE (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), are open to the idea of replacing the Electoral College with popular votes.

Last week, Trump President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE tweeted in support of the Electoral College, reversing his previous support for popular votes.

“The brilliance of the Electoral College is that you must go to many States to win,” Trump tweeted, “I used to like the idea of the Popular Vote, but now realize the Electoral College is far better for the U.S.A.”

—Philip Wang