FairVote enlisted YouGov to poll 400 likely Democratic presidential primary voters in South Carolina. This South Carolina poll builds on a national poll we commissioned in September to help demonstrate the value of ranked choice polls in crowded fields. We partnered with Vox to popularize the South Carolina poll findings, published a press release about the poll, developed a PDF report of FairVote's featured insights, and released the toplines report from YouGov.
How would the South Carolina primary look with different sets of candidates in the race? Explore results by clicking on any candidate to add or remove them from the running. To find the ranked choice winner, remove the last place candidates until a candidate reaches a 50% majority, or click the button below:
In addition to seeing who voters may support if their top choice drops out (or is eliminated during an RCV count), a ranked poll provides opportunities to learn more about the breadth of support each candidate has. For instance, the below chart shows how many voters ranked each of the top five candidates first, second, third, fourth and fifth.
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We can see how many voters were willing to express some level of support for each candidate by simply accumulating the rankings. That is, if a candidate is ranked first, second or third by a majority of respondents, that demonstrates that the candidate has high overall approval in the field. The below graph has the cumulative rankings for all 18 candidates across all ten allowed rankings.
Be sure to press the play button to animate the graph.
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* Generated using respondents' rankings of all 18 candidates. A candidate ranked ahead of another candidate wins that individual's head-to-head match-up.