A Christian political science professor warns that despite the results of a recent poll, America should stick with the Electoral College.
As the Electoral College gathered Monday to cast their votes for president, a Morning Consult/Politico survey found that Republicans and Democrats are sharply divided on the issue of the Electoral College.
The survey showed that 45 percent favored amending the United States Constitution to shelve the Electoral College in favor of the popular vote – compared to only 40 percent favoring keeping the system the way it is.
Among Democrats, 69 percent favored replacing the Electoral College, compared to 20-percent wanting to keep it. But among Republicans, 62 percent favored keeping the status quo, with only 24 percent favoring the popular vote.
Dr. Charles Dunn, who is professor emeritus of Government at Clemson University, argues that the real issue with those who want to do away with the Electoral College are those who are upset that their Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost because her Electoral College votes fell short of her competitor, Republican candidate and current President-elect Donald Trump.
"Who were the people hollering for abolishing the Electoral College?” Dunn questioned. “They're the ones who wanted Hillary to win. So right now, it's sour grapes on the whole of those who want to abolish the Electoral College."
Dunn also maintains that the Electoral College is more representative of the country as a whole.
"Candidates, such as Gore and Clinton – who primarily worked to win big vote totals in the large populist areas – lost,” the political expert pointed out. “So, the Electoral College gives us presidents who are more representative of the whole of America. [A] direct popular election would give us presidents who are less representative of the whole of America."
For these reasons, Dunn believes America will not abolish the Electoral College.