Following President-elect Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, in which Clinton appears to have won the national popular vote, there have been calls to abolish the current presidential election system. However, a new poll shows that the Electoral College has increased in popularity.
Forty-seven percent of Americans are in favor of retaining the Electoral College, while a similar percentage (49 percent) would favor a popular vote, according to a recent Gallup poll.
In 2011, just 35 percent of Americans favored keeping the Electoral College. The most ardent opponents of the Electoral College were Democrats, 85 percent of whom favored abolishing it compared to just 19 percent of Republicans.
The Electoral College process is described in the Constitution and is how presidents are selected. States are assigned electors by their combined total of congressmen plus senators.