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Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute

Poll: Most Democrats say Iowa, New Hampshire have too much influence

Early primary state voters disagree

By Nikita Biryukov, January 22 2020 10:00 am

A Monmouth Poll released Wednesday found Democratic primary voters believe Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to weigh in on the Democratic presidential primary contest, have too much influence over the eventual nominee.

More than half of Democratic primary voters, 56%, told pollsters Iowa and New Hampshire have too much influence over the nominating contest, and 62% said the current primary calendar favored some voters of others.

In both cases, roughly a quarter of voters said the primary structure made little difference.

Voters in Iowa and New Hampshire see their level of influence far more favorably.

More than two thirds of Iowans, 68%, said their state had the right amount of influence, while 63% of New Hampshire resident said the same.

A little less than half of residents from both states, 47%, said the current primary calendar gave some voters more influence than others.

“Most Democratic voters would like to see an overhaul of the primary calendar.  This view appears to be more out of a sense of fairness to the party’s diverse electorate than concerns they might have about the ability of Iowa and New Hampshire voters to properly vet the field,” said Monmouth University poll director Patrick Murray said.


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