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 TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE will hope to win reelection against Democratic challenger Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms 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 ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation 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