Poll: 41% of CA Dems Favor GOP’s Electoral College ‘Reform’ Scheme

Republicans know they can never win California on the merits so they are trying a Tom Delay-esque rigging of the vote next year that would give the GOP presidential candidate one electoral college vote for each of the state’s 55 House districts he wins. Had the system been in place in 2004, Bush-Cheney would have gained 22 electoral votes.

When told that it would most likely give Republicans more electoral votes, GOP support jumped to 70 percent, while Democratic support remained the same at 41 percent, though opposition jumped from 42 percent to 53 percent.

That the GOP would make such a naked grab for power is not surprising. What is unsettling is the number of California Democrats who are apparently happy to hand the presidency to the Republicans again. In a new Field Poll, 49 percent of all California voters — and 41 percent of California Democrats — favor the GOP scheme:

In the first survey on the issue since the Presidential Election Reform Act initiative was filed two weeks ago for the June 3 ballot, 49 percent said they’d support changing the current winner-take-all system to a district-by-district method, while 42 percent are opposed.

And that’s after voters are told that scrapping the current winner-take-all system would give Republicans an advantage in the presidential race, with a potential 22 of California’s 55 electoral votes going to the Republican nominee. The GOP currently holds 19 congressional districts…

In the Field Poll, voters were first asked if they would support dividing votes by district. Voters favored it, 47 percent to 35 percent, with 57 percent of Republicans favoring it and 28 percent opposing it. Among Democrats, 41 percent supported it and 42 percent were opposed.

When told that it would most likely give Republicans more electoral votes, GOP support jumped to 70 percent, while Democratic support remained the same at 41 percent, though opposition jumped from 42 percent to 53 percent.

A glimmer of good news. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, both of whom are popular with California Democrats, are leading the opposition to the measure.


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  • Karin Overbeck
    August 21, 2007 - 5:09 pm | Permalink

    The only way out of this skewing of the national elections is doing away with the electoral college. Period. Otherwise it will most likely make the presidency Republican property for ever.

  • Paul Winkelmann
    August 21, 2007 - 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Why stop there? Make it a popularity vote and cut out that silly electoral college nonsense. Why shouldn’t each and every vote count instead of the nonsense we are using now?

  • Madison
    August 21, 2007 - 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Fine. Let’s get rid of the Electoral College — but the red states have to go first.

  • Sue
    August 22, 2007 - 7:17 am | Permalink

    What if there aren’t really 19 counties that are GOP? The voting companies have proven that they don’t mind rigging elections, so maybe we’re just being told there is this great rising up of Repugs in those counties. Without being certified these companies likely have been deciding elections…not the actual voters. Don’t fall for the KKKarl Rove “recall” scam again. Both were/are unnecessary and used strictly to promote Repugs. They are just trying to throw wrenches into the works everywhere they can to claim a victory based on the “new reforms” that will conveniently go against all previous conventional wisdom. I figure they will tell us that the new, earlier primaries everywhere “changed the outcomes” that we used to be able to accurately predict. These will go by the wayside like our exit polls. They are only accurate now in places like Ukraine…not here.

  • CB
    August 22, 2007 - 7:37 am | Permalink

    Califoria will rue the day that they fell for this GOP scam.

    When they realize how duped they were, Fred Thompson will be sitting in the White House.

    We Dems need to spend the money to flood California with ads that show what will be lost if this scam goes through.

  • Nick
    August 22, 2007 - 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I agree with those 41% of CA Democrats – in theory – with one little caveat: the same process should be done all across the country with all congressional districts, not JUST California. Doing this in Texas would actually work in Democrats’ favor. (A few small electoral votes states already do this.)

  • Mark
    July 20, 2010 - 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh you really think it could be worse then is has been through the years???

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