A majority of New Jerseyans support moving the 2024 presidential primary from June to February in order to be among the first in the nation and expand the state’s influence in the presidential nomination process, a new Monmouth University Poll released this morning shows.
The poll puts support for the primary date move at 52%-34%, the poll shows.
“A shake-up of the nation’s presidential primary calendar is long overdue,” said the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, Patrick Murray. “New Jersey’s Democratic leadership has put in a bid to be among the first contests and most of the party’s rank-and-file are on board with that.”
Last month, New Jersey Democratic State Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr. sent a letter to the Democratic National Committee formally requesting New Jersey to get an earlier slot on the primary election calendar.
New Jersey Democrats support the early primary by a 60%-27% margin, but Republicans (39%-48%) don’t want the early primary – at least not yet.
Independents, who could choose to affiliate with a major political party in a presidential primary, support moving Election Day to February by a 53%-31% margin.
Support for the initiative comes from every voter group and demographic in the state, except from Republicans.
One of the chief complaints against Iowa’s and New Hampshire’s prominence in presidential primaries is the whiteness of their electorates, which is at odds with the multiracial makeup of the Democratic Party’s coalition.
New Jersey, on the other hand, is nearly majority-minority, and has large Black, Hispanic, and Asian populations; Jones argued that New Jersey has the kind of diversity the national party is looking for, contained within one of the smallest and most easily traversable states in the country.
Among New Jersey residents of color, 62% support a February presidential primary while 39% oppose it.
The Monmouth University Poll was conducted from March 31 to April 4, 2022 with a sample size of 802 New Jersey adults and a margin of error of +/- 3.5%.