Support for change to popular vote to determine presidential elections U.S. 2000-2019

Following the election of Donald Trump in 2016, support for a Constitutional amendment so that the outcome of presidential elections in the United States are determined by the winner of the popular vote rather than the Electoral College declined, falling from 62 percent in October 2011 to 49 percent in November 2016. Support has since risen again to 55 percent. Donald Trump famously defeated Hilary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election despite losing the popular vote.

Support among adults in the United States for a constitutional amendment to base the presidential election winner on the popular vote from 2000 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020


United States

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Original question: "Thinking for a moment about the way in which the president is elected in this country, which would you most prefer: to amend the Constitution so the candidate who receives the most total votes nationwide wins the election, or to keep the current system, in which the candidate who wins the most votes in the Electoral College wins the election?"

There were 530 respondents in the 2019 poll. The source does not indicate the number of respondents for other years.
The polls were conducted in at following times:
Nov 11 to 12 and Dec 15-17, 2000
Oct 11-14, 2004
Oct 6-9, 2011
Nov 28-29, 2016
Apr 17-30, 2019.
Responses of "both/neither" and "no opinion" not shown.

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