Over half of Americans says Electoral College needs to go

By WEEK Producer

Over half of Americans says Electoral College needs to go

November 7, 2012 Updated Nov 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Over half of Americans polled in a recent survey say the Electoral College needs to be eliminated from the election process.

According to Rasmussen Reports, 56 percent favor getting rid of the process, while one-in-four (25 percent) are opposed and 18 percent are unsure.

When it comes to party affiliations, Republicans, Democrats, and those who do not identify with either party are supportive of getting rid of the Electoral College.

Rasmussen Reports says calls for the elimination of the Electoral College have grown in recent years, particularly after the 2000 election when Democratic candidate Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the election to Republican George W. Bush who had more votes in the Electoral College.

Barack Obama won reelection Tuesday night with the majority of the popular vote and of the Electoral College, 303 to 206.

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