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Ranked Choice Poll Reveals Much About Biden’s Potential Running Mate

Ranked Choice Poll Reveals Much About Biden’s Potential Running Mate

FairVote partnered with SurveyUSA to conduct a poll asking voters to rank seven possible running mates for Joe Biden, including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Susan Rice, Stacey Abrams, Tammy Duckworth, Val Demings, and Karen Bass. The poll showed widespread support for ranked choice voting (RCV) and strong reasons for all seven candidates to be considered.


The poll took place between July 30 and July 31, where 1,296 registered Democratic and Independent voters were surveyed. After six rounds of ranked choice voting tabulations, Kamala Harris emerged as the most favored candidate with 55 percent of the vote next to Elizabeth Warren’s 45 percent. Harris and Warren, the two most well-known as potential running mates, were ranked on the most ballots, showing their depth of support. 


What’s the strongest takeaway from this poll? Ranked choice polls allow for more comprehensive responses and nuanced results. As Vox notes in their coverage, this poll illustrated who had the broadest support, who had the strongest base, and how various candidates’ supporters felt about the other potential running mates. And while Kamala Harris came out as the more favored candidate, there are powerful reasons for the Biden camp to select any of the seven potential running mates listed. 


Note: FairVote is a nonpartisan 501c3 organization and does not support or oppose any candidate or party. This poll was conducted for educational purposes only and does not represent an endorsement of any candidate or potential candidate.

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