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 ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' The Memo: Democrats debate Trump response – 'Being righteous and losing sucks' 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 WarrenOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Health care moves to center stage of Democratic primary fight | Sanders, Biden trade sharps jabs on Medicare for All | Senate to vote on 9/11 bill next week | Buttigieg pushes for cheaper insulin Scandal in Puerto Rico threatens chance at statehood Poll: McConnell is most unpopular senator MORE (D-Mass.), Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP 2020 Democrats adapt to changing social media landscape Trump blasts 2020 Dems during campaign rally MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Health care moves to center stage of Democratic primary fight | Sanders, Biden trade sharps jabs on Medicare for All | Senate to vote on 9/11 bill next week | Buttigieg pushes for cheaper insulin Scooter Braun hosting fundraiser for Harris dubbed 'Fireside Chat with Kamala' The Hill's 12:30 Report: 'Send her back' chants stun Washington 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 TrumpRepublican lawmakers ask Trump not to delay Pentagon cloud-computing contract Overnight Defense: US shoots down Iranian drone | Pentagon sending 500 more troops to Saudi Arabia | Trump mulls Turkey sanctions | Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract Top Missouri newspaper condemns GOP's 'shameful silence' on Trump's 'racism' 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