But worse yet, 52 percent of these Republicans said they would support postponement of the next presidential election if Donald Trump said it was necessary to ensure only citizens voted. The number of Republicans supporting the hypothetical delay jumped to 56 percent when respondents were told that both Mr. Trump and Republicans in Congress proposed the move.
More than half of Republicans would be fine with President Trump indefinitely delaying the 2020 presidential race out of concerns for voter integrity, a stunning Washington Post poll showed Thursday.
The survey also started with a series of questions about typical arguments made by Trump concerning voter fraud, including whether Trump won the popular vote in the 2016 election and whether millions of illegal immigrants vote.
Mr Trump has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, millions of people voted illegally - and he would have won if their votes weren't counted.
Fifty-two percent would support postponing the election. The fraud and popular vote findings were largely in line with past polls.
Of course, our survey is only measuring reactions to a hypothetical situation.
The results of a new Washington Post/Qualtrics poll suggest that Republicans may be more willing to throw out the norms of democracy, at least if President Donald Trump proposed it. Financial markets would presumably react negatively to the potential for political instability.
While Trump won the electoral college by 306 to 232, he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by about 3 million votes. Citizens would nearly certainly form their opinions amid such tumult, which does not at all resemble the context in which our survey was conducted.
Trump 2020 - unless Trump says otherwise.