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 for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery 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 WarrenGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-Mass.), Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegJournalism is now opinion-based — not news-based Buttiegieg backs NFL players' right to protest during anthem: I 'put my life on the line to defend' that 2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSan Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk 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 TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit 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