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Survey: Alabamians Support Ending Electoral College

Sunday, 19 November 2000 12:00 AM

The poll, conducted by the University of South Alabama for the Mobile Register newspaper, found that 52 percent of adults favored eliminating the Electoral College and shifting to a direct popular vote for the election of presidents.

Thirty-seven percent opposed the change and 11 percent were undecided or had no opinion, according to the opinion poll of 402 Alabama residents conducted Nov. 13-15. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.

Sixty-five percent of Democrats and 42 percent of Republicans favored abolishing the Electoral College. Overall, 52 percent said they were following the presidential election "very closely."

The survey found that 73 percent of the state's residents believed it is more important to obtain an accurate and fair vote count than to quickly settle an election.

The poll found that 48 percent of Alabamians favored altering the winner-take-all system of the Electoral College so that votes are awarded proportionally. Support for the proposal was higher among Democrats than Republicans.

University of South Alabama political science professor Keith Nicholls, who oversaw the survey, said it did not show "overwhelming demand for reform."

A national Gallup Poll conducted Nov. 11-12 found that 61 percent of Americans favored ending the Electoral College.

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