“A full 80% of respondents would describe themselves as ‘very confused’ if the 2020 election were moved to 2019,” said CNN analyst Sharon Marcus. “Another 16% selected ‘slightly baffled.’ And then, of course, there’s always the 3 or 4% of those polled who are completely fine with it.”
“The possibility of confusion was strongest among adults aged 65-80, for whom the possibility of confusion is often strong. Conversely, a significant number of voters aged 18-24 were unbothered by a hypothetical date change, not having planned to vote in the first place.”
Marcus attributes the overall result to a broader trend among the American electorate. “When the government sets an election date, especially one that’s mandated by the Constitution, the vast majority of American people expect that the election will not suddenly be moved to today for no reason at all.”
At press time, a new ABC poll has found that if the 2016 election were held today, a majority of respondents would have questions about the time travel paradox inherent in such a scenario.