A new poll of Connecticut voters shows strong support for the national popular vote.
The survey of 1,202 voters was commissioned by Making Every Vote Count, a non-partisan group dedicated to ensuring the president is elected by popular vote. It found that 92 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of unaffiliated voters support the concept.
Activists hope the survey results will give fresh fuel to efforts to win legislative passage of the national vote compact, an agreement that preserves the electoral college but stipulates that participating states award all their electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote.
Similar efforts have fallen short in the past but advocates say the poll results prove state residents back the idea.
“Now that the polling data makes it clear we have strong bipartisan support, our next step this session in Connecticut is passing a bill which calls fir the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and helping to lead the way to finally making the substantive change voters not only want but deserve,’’ said Making Every Vote Count board member James Glassman, a former State department official under George W. Bush.
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