CAVEC Exit Poll Survey Shows Positive Views That Cross All Racial and Ethnic Lines
voters had a very positive introduction to their new ranked-choice voting (RCV)
system, according to an exit poll survey of 2,108
69% of those surveyed in CAVEC's survey expressed an opinion about RCV. Of these voters, fully 71% indicated they liked RCV, with most indicating they liked RCV "a lot." This support crossed all racial and ethnic lines:
The complete numbers were:
Despite the first RCV election taking place in a year with high voter turnout when most media attention was focused on the federal elections, only 18% of voters found the new system difficult to use. In every racial and ethnic group a majority of voters indicated the system was easy for them.
Actual voting results based on ballot record images released by the Department of Elections and analyzed by the Center for Voting and Democracy indicate that most voters in the supervisor races made good use of their rankings. In the hotly contested District 1 race, for example, voters on average cast 2.52 rankings each. The number of rankings cast by voters was similar for supporters of different candidates, ranging from a low of 2.41 for the winner, McGoldrick, to a high of 2.69 for opponent Tuchow. Supporters of leading Asian candidate Lillian Sing ranked an average of 2.56 candidates.
Researchers at the Public Research Institute at San Francisco State University analyzed results from their exit poll about attitudes toward ranked choice voting. This study confirmed most of the positive results displayed in the CAVEC exit poll. View the results of the San Francisco State exit poll at Ranked-Choice Voting in the San Francisco 2004 Election.
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