In 2013 and 2014, the Rutgers-Eagleton poll conducted a study surveying likely voters in seven RCV cities and 14 control cities. Result and methodology of this study are found here and here. In RCV cities, 89% of those surveyed found RCV ballots easy to understand. Understanding of RCV was comparable to understanding of plurality voting. In the 11 survey cities in California (four with RCV and seven control cities), more voters reported understanding ranked choice voting than California’s top two primary runoff system. Clear majorities of voters also supported keeping their ranked choice voting system in all seven RCV cities.
By Professor Douglas Amy of Mount Holyoke College
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