- The Washington Times - Monday, December 19, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Huffington Post — ever so willing to carry the water of the Democratic Party — claims that a majority of Americans want the Electoral College to delay its vote today so that all electors can receive a briefing from the intelligence community on what impact Russia had on the U.S. election.

The poll, which was conducted by YouGov, says 52 percent of people are supportive of stalling the Electoral College vote and 46 percent were also willing to support so-called “faithless electors” — those who decide to ditch the winner of their state and vote for a different candidate instead.

The poll was paid for progressive advocacy group Avaaz, and over-sampled Democrats by 10 percentage points over Republicans. As a matter of fact, more independents were polled than Republicans.

The premise of the question was also very vague, and perhaps intentionally misleading. It asked: “Given these intelligence reports, to what extent do you agree or disagree that the Electoral College vote should be delayed until the Electors can be briefed about the allegations of Russian hacking?”

I’m not sure what “intelligence reports,” the poll is referring to, and the selections were broad — either “strongly agree,” “somewhat agree,” “somewhat disagree,” and “strongly disagree.” The poll then added up those who agreed and disagreed for its top-line results.

Perhaps that’s why its findings were in direct conflict with a Politico/Morning Consult poll also released this week.

That poll shows that 46 percent of voters say electors should be bound to vote for the candidate that won their state, compared to the 34 percent who think electors shouldn’t be bound, and should be able to vote their conscious.

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