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Updated December 28th, 2023 at 16:07 IST

Poll reveals high skepticism among Republicans towards upcoming GOP primary

Individuals identifying as Democrats exhibited a higher level of confidence in the outcome of the Republican primary compared to Republicans.

Sagar Kar
AP
Vivek Ramawamy, Chris Christie, Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley | Image:AP
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A recent survey conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has illuminated a noteworthy trend within the Republican Party, with nearly one-third expressing limited trust or no confidence whatsoever in the accuracy of the impending Republican presidential primary. The survey's findings, drawn from a pool of 1,074 adults, point to a substantial portion of the GOP electorate harboring doubts not only about the integrity of the forthcoming presidential election but also regarding the management of contests overseen by the party itself.

This skepticism within the Republican ranks persists amid the sustained dominance of former President Donald Trump over other potential primary contenders, as highlighted in previous polls among Republican and Republican-leaning voters.

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Democrats have more faith in the Republican primary than Republicans?

An interesting revelation surfaced in the data analysis: individuals identifying as Democrats or Democrat-leaning exhibited a higher level of confidence in the outcome of the Republican primary compared to Republicans or Republican-leaning voters, according to a report from Axios.

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Conversely, Republicans showcased pronounced distrust in the upcoming Democratic primary, with a staggering 58% expressing little to no trust in the fairness of that contest.

The survey revealed that within the Republican cohort, 37% expressed "a great deal" or "quite a bit" of confidence in the accuracy of their party's primary. In contrast, 31% indicated "a moderate amount" of trust, while another 31% admitted to having "only a little" or "no trust at all."

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In contrast, Democrats appeared notably more assured in the integrity of their party's primary, with a resounding 72% expressing at least "quite a bit" of faith, while a mere 8% reported "only a little or no trust at all."

Independents have no faith in either party?

The survey also highlighted the sentiment among independents, individuals unaffiliated with either major party but potentially involved in party primaries. Overall, independents showcased a lack of confidence in the procedures of both party primaries.

The revelation of substantial distrust within a considerable faction of the Republican Party towards the impending GOP primary raises pertinent concerns about trust in the electoral process within party lines, underscoring a significant challenge in fostering confidence among party faithfuls as the election cycle unfolds.

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Published December 28th, 2023 at 16:02 IST

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