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Democrats Prefer, GOP Voters Reject An Anything-Goes Convention

The likelihood of a brokered convention for either political party is extremely slim now, although Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus recently acknowledged that “nothing’s impossible.” Republican voters feel even more strongly that the candidate with the most delegates should be the nominee, but Democrats now tend to support their party’s delegates voting for whomever they want at the party’s convention.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of Likely Republican Voters now 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. That’s up 17 points from early April when a contested GOP convention was more of a possibility.

Just 24% of Republican voters say the delegates at the convention should choose the nominee by voting for whomever they want, down 10 points from the previous survey. Only three percent (3%) think party leaders should pick the nominee. Another three percent (3%) prefer some other unspecified procedure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on May 3-4, 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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