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51% in GOP Say Candidate Who Enters Convention with Most Delegates Should Be Nominee

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

While Republican Party leaders talk increasingly of a brokered convention, just over half of GOP voters think their presidential nominee should be the candidate who arrives at the convention with the most delegates.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% of Likely Republican Voters believe that if a political party convenes its national convention and no presidential candidate has enough delegates to be the nominee, the party should let the candidate with the highest number of delegates be the nominee.

Thirty-four percent (34%) say the delegates at the convention should choose the nominee by voting for whomever they want. Only four percent (4%) think party leaders should pick the nominee. Six percent (6%) prefer some other unspecified procedure, while five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on March 30-31, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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