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Voters Frown on Second-Choice Voting

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

New York City yesterday voted to become the largest city with ranked-choice voting in which voters choose not just their first choice but several candidates in order of preference. The second-choice votes help pick a winner if no candidate earns more than 50% of the vote. But voters nationwide aren’t thrilled by the idea.

Just 31% of Likely U.S. Voters favor ranked-choice voting in their local elections, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey. Forty-eight percent (48%) are opposed, while 21% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 4-5, 2019 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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