With the presidential primary elections continuing nationwide, ranked choice voting (RCV) has become a national topic for discussion. Voters are showing that they are ready for RCV as they continue to learn more about it.
In a February 25th - 26th National SurveyUSA poll of 825 likely Democratic Primary Voters, a majority of respondents reported that they “strongly support” or “support” RCV for presidential primaries. These majorities were consistent across all demographic groups, demonstrating a unity of support for RCV across gender, race, age, education level, and socioeconomic class. For every demographic group except for voters above the age of 50, more than 60% of respondents reported that they “strongly support” or “support” RCV for presidential primaries. These statistics demonstrate people’s desire for much needed voting reform.
As the Democratic Primary field has narrowed down to two candidates, citizens who cast their vote for a nonviable have essentially wasted their vote. As of March 11th, 1,637,271 votes (8% of all democratic primary votes) have been cast for a candidate who has dropped out of the race. Increased support for RCV could be a response to citizens who feel like their voices are not heard. Implementing RCV could pay dividends in addressing the dissatisfaction surrounding the democratic nomination process.