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Poll: 51 percent of voters want to abolish the electoral college

A slight majority of voters say the electoral college should be abolished, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds. 

Fifty-one percent of registered voters surveyed in the Sept. 10-14 poll said the current electoral college system should be abolished so that whoever wins the nationwide popular vote wins the presidency.

By contrast, 49 percent of voters said the current electoral college system should be kept as is "to distribute voter power among all 50 states."

The survey found Democratic voters to be more likely than Republican or independent respondents to favor abolishing the electoral college system.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents who identified as Democrats said it should be abolished compared to 49 percent of independents and just 33 percent of Republicans.

The survey comes less than 50 days from Election Day where President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE will hope to win reelection against Democratic challenger Joe BidenJoe BidenConfirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed Biden's Sunday inauguration rehearsal postponed due to security concerns: report Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again MORE.

In 2016, Trump lost the popular vote by roughly 3 million votes but won the electoral college against former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCan Biden encompass the opposition he embodied? Disney silent on Trump status in Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom Biden has an opportunity to win over conservative Christians MORE.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 3,758 registered voters between Sept. 10-14. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.6 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte