Impact of RCV

Respondents rank more than 3 candidates on average. Respondents demonstrated a strong use of rankings, ranking an average of 3.3 candidates out of 4 in the borough president race and 3.2 candidates out of 5 for the city council race. Middle-aged respondents (35-65) ranked the fewest while younger and older respondents ranked the most candidates. Those aged 65 and older used the most rankings. 

 

Ranked choice voting makes some respondents more likely to vote. When asked whether the opportunity to rank candidates makes them more or less likely to vote in theJune 22 primary, a majority of respondents (60%) said that it had no impact. However, 21% said it made them more likely to vote, a 50% increase over the 14% who said less likely. The biggest impact is among Hispanic respondents, where 36% said RCV would make them more likely to vote compared to 8% who said less likely. 

 

Respondents say ranking is easy. When asked whether they would describe the process of ranking as easy or hard, 70% of respondents found ranking to be easy, 16% found it hard or very hard, and 13% were not sure. 

 

Most respondents are familiar with RCV, but some gaps exist. 61% of respondents say they are familiar or very familiar with RCV, while 35% are not familiar and 3% are not sure. This is a lower level of familiarity than among Democratic respondents, 77% of whom are familiar with RCV based on previous Citizen Data polling. There were many more Democratic primaries using RCV in 2021 than Republican primaries, possibly explaining the discrepancy. Among these Republican respondents, the group with the highest familiarity is Hispanic respondents at 69%. 

 

 

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