More than half of American voters believe that the system U.S. political parties used to pick their candidates for the White House is “rigged” and more than two-thirds want to see the process changed, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Both Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders have complained that the system is stacked against them in favor of candidates with close ties to their parties. Their critique that has triggered a nationwide debate over whether the process is fair.
In a poll conducted April 21 – 26 in an online survey of almost 1600 Americans, over 51 percent of the voters responded that the system was rigged. Approximately 71 percent responded that the use of delegates should be eliminated and the nominee should be chosen by direct vote.
About half indicated that all states should conduct their primary vote on the same day rather than the current system, which draws out the process over several months.
Over a quarter of respondents, 27 percent, confessed they didn’t understand the way the primary process works and 44 percent questioned the need for delegates at all.
Democrats and Republicans responded about the same to the poll.
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