An overwhelming majority of the people favors President Carter's plan to do away with the electoral college in presidential elections.

But the public is almost evenly divided about another major proposal that would allow every eligible American to vote by showing proof of identity and residence at the voting booth on election day.

Here is where the public stands on the key elections changes.

An overwhelming 74-to-13 per cent majority favors "passing a constitutional amendment to abolish the electoral college and have the President elected by popular vote."

By 49-to-28 per cent, a plurality would like to see "all primary and general elections for the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate publicly financed, as presidential primaries and elections are now financed."

By 40-to-33 per cent, the public supports "loosening the law on public financing in presidential elections to allow candidates to raise more money locally for more grass-roots campaign activity on the local level."

By a narrow 34-to-27 per cent, with 39 per cent not sure, the public would favor "eliminating the Hatch Act, which now prohibits any political activity by any permanent federal employee, except for those whose federal government jobs demand they have strict impartiality in elections."

By 43-to-42 per cent, with 15 per cent undecided, the public opposes the President's proposal to allow election-day registration.