Forty-seven percent of GOP or GOP-leaning respondents surveyed said they believe Mr. Trump won the popular vote.
But worse yet, 52 percent of these Republicans said they would support postponement of the next presidential election if Donald Trump said it was necessary to ensure only citizens voted.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly, and falsely, claimed millions voted illegally.
Fifty-two percent would support postponing the election.
The poll interviewed a sample of 1,325 Americans from June 5 to June 20. Trump is the least popular president in modern U.S. political history, but the Republicans are in total denial of the reality that they are worshipping an empty suit who is never going to deliver on any of his promises. Trump claims voter fraud cost him the popular vote in 2016 (a claim with no evidence to back it up), but there's no indication that he'd seriously consider postponing the election. Any Republican who is not supporting this president with no questions asked is going to find themselves drummed out of the party.
Of course this is still hypothetical.
The poll posited a hypothetical situation for their questions, as Trump has not floated the idea of postponing the next election and has shown no indications that he will consider it. And this is to say nothing of the various legal and constitutional complications that would immediately become clear.
Nevertheless, we do not believe that these findings can be dismissed out of hand.
But the Post warns these results "show that a substantial number of Republicans are amenable to violations of democratic norms that are more flagrant than what is typically proposed (or studied)". Lelkes is an assistant professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.