Poll: Majority favor Electoral College vote delay amid reports of Russian Hacking

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Electors are scheduled to cast their votes for president on December 19, but many Americans appear to prefer delaying the process amid reports of Russian interference in the election, reports the Huffington Post.

In a recent survey by YouGov on behalf of the activist group Avaaz, 1,000 registered U.S. voters with varying political views were asked the question, "Given these intelligence reports, to what extent do you agree or disagree that members of the Electoral College should change or withhold their vote on Monday, and instead allow Congress to review the allegations and appoint the next president?"

While 54 percent disagreed, 46 percent agreed with the idea of not proceeding as planned.

The participants were then asked, "Given these intelligence reports, to what extent do you agree or disagree that the Electoral College vote should be delayed until the Electors can be briefed about the allegations of Russian hacking?"

More than half—52 percent—agreed that the vote should not occur as scheduled on Monday.

In fact, about a week ago, a group of 10 electors released an open letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asking for a briefing about Russia's alleged attempts to sway the election and any potential ties with Donald Trump's campaign; dozens of electors have since added their names to the list.

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At the end of 2015, Vladimir Putin lauded Trump's presidential campaign, calling him "an absolute leader of the presidential race, as we see it." 
In response to Putin's compliments Trump said: "It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond."
Putin has called Trump a "very outstanding man" and "unquestionably talented."
When Russia continued its military buildup in Syria and Putin backed the country's President Bashar al-Assad in 2015, Trump declared the Russian leader earned an "A" in leadership. 
Trump not only gave the Russian leader an "A," he also said Putin has been a better leader than US President Barack Obama. "He is really very much of a leader," Trump said of Putin. "The man has very strong control over his country. Now, it's a very different system, and I don't happen to like the system, but certainly in that system he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader." 
At a national security forum in September, Trump explained his friendly relationship with Putin saying: "If he says great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him." 
When asked about allegations that Putin orchestrated the deaths of his political opponents and journalists, Trump defended Putin: "I haven't seen any evidence that he killed anybody."
After Trump won the election November 8, Putin sent the president-elect a telegram congratulating him on his victory. 
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