Poll: Most Tennesseans Favor Electing President by Popular Vote

News release from Tennessee Popular Vote:
Four out of five Tennesseans want the presidential candidate who receives the most votes to win the White House, according to a poll conducted earlier this month.
When asked to agree or disagree with the following statement: “The presidential candidate who gets the most votes always should be the winner,” 83% of those polled agreed, and 14% disagreed.
“We are perpetually rolling the dice in presidential elections in this country and risking electing someone who didn’t get the most votes,” Senator Fred Thompson says. Earlier this month, he was named a co-champion of the National Popular Vote campaign. Video clips of Senator Thompson on Popular Vote here and here.
The poll was conducted by John McLaughlin, a well-respected national pollster.
Every political demographic group across the state favors changing to a system driven by the popular vote, the poll showed.
When Republicans were asked,”How should the President be elected, by who gets the most votes in all 50 states or by the current winner-takes-all system?” 73% of them favored the popular vote.
Of all Democrats asked the same question, 78% favored the popular vote system.
When respondents who agree with Tea Party values were asked, 72% of them preferred the popular vote.
Supporters of the Popular Vote system argue that millions of votes don’t count with the winner-takes-all system, in which all of a state’s electors go to the candidate with the most votes in that state. For example, in California, usually carried by the Democratic presidential candidate, the thousands of votes cast for the Republican simply don’t count when the Electoral College votes are tallied.
Popular Vote proponents also point out that the few states with the most electoral votes get most of the attention during a presidential campaign. Tennessee, for example, was virtually ignored.
In 2008, the state was visited once by a presidential candidate. Despite the fact that Tennesseans contributed almost $8 million to the presidential campaigns that year, a mere $9,955 was spent on ads in the state – out of the more than $160 million spent by the campaigns on ads during the peak period.
The non-partisan National Popular Vote campaign has filed legislation in a number of states, including Tennessee, to reform the electoral system and ensure that the presidential candidate who receives the most votes wins.
For more information, visit www.tnpopularvote.com.

3 thoughts on “Poll: Most Tennesseans Favor Electing President by Popular Vote

  1. Wintermute

    As someone who has a degree in such stuff from Harvard College, I am suspicious of the question wording and the sponsorship of this purported scientific research. How they are getting olf right-wingers behind this flies in the face of Republicans’ (selective) embrace of federalism. For those who don’t think this constitution al change is stupid, I give you two words: Richard Daley. One large crook can swing the national popular vote. Oh, and do you remember I flagged Fred Thompson as an aging fool months ago?

  2. Eric Holcombe

    Yes, Fred will spout off for whomever his current political “John” is.
    Interesting that as a U.S. Senator, this risky election thing never prompted him to introduce a bill… or would he just call that another “gotcha”?

  3. oldgulph

    This is a “states’ rights” issue dealing with a compact between various states. Article II, section 1 of our Constitution gives state legislatures exclusively the right and responsibility to decide how their electors will be awarded. Each state has the constitutional right to chose which system they use. States have the responsibility to make their voters relevant in every presidential election. Candidates would need to care about voters across the nation, not just undecided voters in a handful of swing states.
    Federalism concerns the allocation of power between state governments and the national government. The National Popular Vote bill concerns how votes are tallied, not how much power state governments possess relative to the national government. The powers of state governments are neither increased nor decreased based on whether presidential electors are selected along the state boundary lines, along district lines (as has been the case in Maine and Nebraska), or national lines.

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