Poll: How likely is it that the GOP will take power away from early primary states in future presidential contests?

“Goodbye, Iowa caucuses, and good riddance.”

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to visitors at the Iowa State Fair on August 21, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Presidential candidates have a tradition of speaking to and greeting guests at the fair.
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Q: How likely is it that the Re­pub­lic­an Party will take power away from the early primary states in fu­ture pres­id­en­tial con­tests, as Re­ince Priebus sug­ges­ted?

DEMO­CRATS (82 VOTES)
Very likely: 6%
Some­what likely: 35%
Not likely: 59%

Very likely

“Parties al­ways solve the prob­lems of last cycle and cre­ate new ones.”

Some­what likely

“Need­less to say, it is time. We have to mix the states up from cycle to cycle.”

“Elites in both parties would love
to do it, but the IA/NH strangle­hold seems as tight as ever.”

“De­pends on who wins the nom­in­a­tion this time around. Re­pub­lic­ans like to change the rules when they don’t like the out­come.”

“Much easi­er said than ever done.”

“Very likely, if they lose again.”

Not likely

“As an in­sider from NH, we’ve seen this be­fore. Make my day.”

“Priebus will be gone soon and the early states will still be early.”

“Both parties have tried and failed to di­min­ish the power of Iowa and NH. As long as can­did­ates con­tin­ue to des­per­ately want to win both states, noth­ing will change.”

“Not go­ing to hap­pen, as dis­cus­sion breaks in­to pieces when it gets down to who will re­place the cur­rent early primary states.”

“The cur­rent sys­tem works well for too many in­ter­ested parties.”

Q: How likely is it that the Re­pub­lic­an Party will take power away from the early primary states in fu­ture pres­id­en­tial con­tests, as Re­ince Priebus sug­ges­ted?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (86 VOTES)
Very likely: 6%
Some­what likely: 28%
Not likely: 66%

Very likely

“After this sea­son: 48 states are thor­oughly fed up with the quad­ren­ni­al BS sur­round­ing Iowa and New Hamp­shire.”

“Good­bye, Iowa caucuses, and good rid­dance.”

Some­what likely

“On the less­er side of some­what…but it’s time!”

“There is grow­ing sen­ti­ment to not al­low a hand­ful of states to have such an out­sized in­flu­ence.”

“It would be bet­ter for the party and the coun­try to ro­tate the early states, but it will be dif­fi­cult to pull off. Hats off to Re­ince for try­ing.”

“Battle has been go­ing on for over 20 years, and dis­cus­sion nev­er ends.”

“Hard to break tra­di­tion but even­tu­ally the South­ern pull of the party will force changes to the sched­ule.”

Not likely

“RNC chairs should be seen and not heard.”

“The al­tern­at­ives may be worse.”

“A noble ven­ture and elect­ing a pres­id­ent would be a vastly bet­ter pro­cess if we could ro­tate re­gion­al primar­ies in­stead of lock­ing in the Iowa / New Hamp­shire, first-in-the-coun­try non­sense.”

“Hell will freeze over be­fore [New Hamp­shire Sec­ret­ary of State] Bill Gard­ner cedes an inch. FITN forever.”

“Only an in­cum­bent GOP pres­id­ent could get this done.”

“The early primary cal­en­dar ac­tu­ally works in the GOP’s ad­vant­age. Why would you change it?”

“They ac­tu­ally are a good ba­ro­met­er of GOP voters. One is con­ser­vat­ive so­cially and the oth­er is con­ser­vat­ive fisc­ally. Two very dif­fer­ent audi­ences but core con­stitu­en­cies.”

“Same as my an­swer to this ques­tion in 1987.”

… … … … . .

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