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Country Divided Over Electoral College

The country is split over whether the electoral college should be retained or scrapped. That comes as the electors vote on a new president Monday and nationwide protests were conducted over the weekend and planned for Monday by those who didn’t want it to be Donald Trump.

According to a new Morning Consult/Politico survey of 2,000 registered voters conducted Dec. 15-17, 45% of the respondents said there should be a constitutional amendment shelving the electoral college, with 40% saying the system should stay the way it is.

Not surprisingly, since Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a wide margin, the poll broke along partisan lines.

Seven of 10 Democrats wanted the popular vote to determine who gets the Oval Office, while 6 in 10 Republicans says it should be electoral college. Independents were less divided, with 47% saying replace the electoral college, while 32% said keep it.

A clear plurality of respondents said the electors should be bound to vote for the winner of their state, while 34% said they should not be bound if they have "significant concerns" about their candidate.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.