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Majority Prefer Shorter Presidential Campaigns, National Primary

July 10, 2013

A majority of U.S. voters say they favor shorter presidential campaigns and a national primary election, a Gallup poll indicated.

In addition, 68 percent of respondents favor national referenda if enough voters sign a petition to request a popular vote on an issue in question, results of the poll released Wednesday found.

Results indicated six in 10 said they favored presidential campaigns lasting five weeks in the fall of an election year and a nationwide primary election.

By party, 69 percent of Republicans said they favored a national primary while 57 percent of Democrats voiced their support, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency reported. Independents are less likely to favor a national primary and national issue referenda, while slightly more were likely to favor a shorter presidential campaign than Republicans.

Younger voters are less supportive of ratcheting back the presidential campaign or holding a national primary than older Americans, Gallup said.

College graduates said they thought national issue referenda wasn't as appealing, while non-college graduates expressed the opposite view.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,017 adults conducted June Saturday and Sunday. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

Source: Copyright UPI 2013

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