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Weekly Poll Results
March 29-April 2, 2000

- Length of Campaign
- Knowledge of Candidates
- Nomination Process
[Voter Involvement Measures &
Reactions to Campaign]

[Voter Involvement Index]
[Methodology]

Length of Campaign

(Asked of One-quarter of respondents)
Some people say the presidential campaign is so long that they don't have time to pay attention except now and then. Other people say they like the long presidential campaign because it gives them a better chance to get to know the candidates. Which view is closer to your own? Do you think the campaign is too long or do you prefer a long campaign?


62%     Too long
33      Prefer long
 5      Don't know

Knowledge of Candidates

(Asked of One-quarter of respondents)
Next I have a question about gun control. Some people say that people should be required to register all the guns that they own. Others oppose this idea. Do you know whether Texas Governor George W. Bush favors or opposes the registration of all guns, or is this something you've not heard about yet?


13%     Favors
19      Opposes
68      Don't know

(Asked of One-quarter of respondents)
Next I have a question about campaign financing. Some people say that large contributions to political campaigns should be prohibited. Others would allow large contributions. Do you know whether Arizona Senator John McCain would prohibit large contributions or would he allow them, or is this something you've not heard about yet?


26%     Would Prohibit
 7      Would allow
67      Haven't heard/Don't know

(Asked of One-quarter of respondents)
Next I have a question about school vouchers. Some people say that parents should be allowed to use tax dollars to send their children to a private or parochial school. Others oppose this idea. Do you know whether Vice President Al Gore favors or opposes allowing parents to use tax dollars for this purpose, or is this something you've not heard about yet?


11%     Favors
15      Opposes
74      Don't know

Nomination Process

(Asked of One-third of respondents)
Now I'd like to get your thoughts on the process that is used to nominate presidential candidates. Some people favor the current system of presidential primary elections where states hold their primaries on different dates spread out over several months. Other people say it would be better if all states held their primary on the same day in May or early June. Which would you prefer-the current system of different primary days, or one single national primary day?


32%     Prefer current system
56      Prefer single national primary
13      Don't know

Now I'd like to get your thoughts on the process that is used to nominate presidential candidates. Some people favor the current system of presidential primary elections where states hold their primaries on different dates spread out over several months. Other people say it would be better if there were four regional primaries spaced a few weeks apart. All states in a region would hold their primary on the same day and the order in which the regions voted would be rotated from one presidential election to the next. Which would you prefer the current system of different primary days, or rotating regional primaries?


39%     Prefer current system
47      Prefer rotating regional primaries
15      Don't know

Now I'd like to get your thoughts on the process that is used to nominate presidential candidates. Some people favor the current system of presidential primary elections where each state chooses when to hold its primary on different dates that are spread out over several months. Other people say it would be better if states were assigned one of five primary dates based on the size of their population. The ten states with the smallest populations would hold their primaries first, followed by the next ten smallest, and so on. The ten states with the largest populations would hold their primaries last. Which would you prefer the current system of different primary days, or a population based primary system?


40%     Prefer current system
41      Prefer population based primaries
19      Don't know


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