In what elections has the Electoral College voted opposite to the people's will (i.e. popular vote)?

If any. Thanks.

8 Answers

Relevance
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    In 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes won 185 electoral votes to Samuel Tilden's 184, but Tilden won a majority of the popular vote with 4,300,590 cast in his favor versus 4,036,298 cast for Hayes.

    In 1888, Benjamin Harrison won 233 electoral votes to Grover Cleveland's 168, with 5,439,853 popular votes for Harrison and 5,540,309 for Cleveland.

    In 2000, George W. Bush won 271 electoral votes to Al Gore's 266, with 50,456,062 popular votes for Bush and 50,996,582 votes for Gore

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If anything the electoral college proves the fear your fore father had is democracy being allowed to go too far. Surely you can see that this body is a shrine to aristocratic anti democratic reign and flys in the face of the supposed reality you are sold .

    Is the Us a free and democratic nation in it's selection of Presidents or is this body a small group dictating circumstances while giving the false facade of a free vote throughout the nation .

    If it were not for this body - Tell me would 3,000 troops lie dead at the command of your President - has this body in any way served the interest of the people or rather has it held itself up as a parent to the people and interfered with the process of democratic election with the purpose of ensuring that the correct policy is followed as opposed to the will of the people

  • 1 decade ago

    Never. The people who go to the EC must vote in accordance with the will of the majority of people who voted in their state. It does create occasional instances where the national popular vote and the Electoral Vote are at odds but those have been rare in the past.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Since the highest populations are concentrated in less than 1/3 of the states we still need the electoral College to ensure the will of the people is heard.

  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • C B
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Delegates to the electoral college are statutorily required to vote as directed.

    The popular vote in each state, not the nation as a whole, decides how they will be directed to cast their votes.

    2000 is NOT an example.

    The electoral college has never voted opposite to the people's will. The results may have been different than the national popular vote but that does not mean that any delegate voted against the will of those whom he or she represents.

  • 1 decade ago

    I suggest you pick up someones 8th Grade Civics Book and read how the Electoral Collage works. It will also tell you why it is setup the way it is.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Perhaps when our founding fathers put together the Electoral College it was necessary, but it sure isn't now. I think it should be abolished even if it means having an Al Gore as President.

  • 4 years ago

    2016 Hillary beat Trump and we still ended up with an idiot.

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.