The College of William of Mary and the nonpartisan electoral reform organization
FairVote have released a report on a national survey offering new insights into voter preferences and views on electoral reform.
In partnership with YouGov and scholars Alan Abramowitz, of Emory University, and Walter Strone, of UC Davis, they conducted a national online survey of a representative sample of 1,000 Republican and independent voters, with half of the sample from January 21-25 (before the Iowa caucuses) and half from February 4-8 (before the New Hampshire primary).
“Our survey provides journalists, pollsters, and campaigns with valuable insights into voter preferences that have been largely overlooked in national polling,” said FairVote executive director Rob Richie.
The full report, with analyses and appendices with all responses and crosstab information for questions involving electoral reform, is available at FairVote.org.
But one of highlights? Republican and independent voters are ready for electoral rule changes. Voters are generally ready to embrace changes in the nature of congressional elections and the composition of Congress.
Here are some of the numbers:
- More than four in five respondents on an absolute scale support voter identification requirements (86.5 percent) and term limits for Congress (82.6 percent).
- Support was also high for a voter registration system that registers all eligible voters while blocking ineligible voters (78.6 percent) and easier ballot access for third parties and independents (73.2 percent).
- Support for limits on political donations was also high (72.7 percent).
- The majority of respondents said they are in favor of impartial redistricting (66 percent), and a national popular vote for president (66.4 percent).
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