Poll Results: Primaries

April 14, 2015, 5:34 PM UTC

These are the topline results of a YouGov/Huffington Post survey of 1000 US adults interviewed March 27-30, 2015 on primary elections. The margin of error is 4.0%.

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How often would you say you vote in primary elections – that is, the elections in which a party selects their nominee to run in a general election? Would you say you vote in primary elections:
Always . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36%
Nearly always . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17%
Part of the time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8%
Seldom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10%
Never . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23%
Unsure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7%

In general, how good of a job do you think your political party does of choosing the best candidates to run for office?
Asked of respondents who identify or lean toward the Democrats or Republicans
Excellent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6%
Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31%
Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35%
Poor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11%

Speaking generally, would you say that you’re personally:
Asked of respondents who identify as or lean toward Republicans
More liberal than most Republican politicians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11%
Have similar beliefs to most Republican politicians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46%
More conservative than most Republican politicians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8%

Speaking generally, would you say that you’re personally:
Asked of respondents who identify as or lean toward Democrats
More liberal than most Democratic politicians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26%
Have similar beliefs to most Democratic politicians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42%
More conservative than most Democratic politicians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18%

Thinking about primary elections for offices like Senate and governor, do you think it’s better for a party to:
Have a number of different candidates to choose from . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46%
Have one strong candidate whom the party can unite behind . . . . . . . . . . . . 30%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24%