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Voters Like Primaries But Not Iowa, New Hampshire Always First

Monday, February 03, 2020

Voters are more supportive than ever of state primaries as the way to choose presidential nominees but are far less sure about letting Iowa and New Hampshire lead the way.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters think the current primary process is a good way to select a party’s presidential candidate. That compares to 41% in 2012 and 38% in 2016. Only 19% now see it as a bad way to choose a party’s nominee. Twenty-five percent (25%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted January 23 and 26, 2020 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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