Poll: Majority Of Republicans Oppose The Idea Of A Contested Convention


A majority of Republicans oppose the idea of a contested GOP convention, according to a McClatchy-Marist poll released Tuesday.

Of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents surveyed, 52 percent said GOP frontrunner Donald Trump should be the party’s nominee if he has the most delegates heading into the convention in July, but doesn’t win on the first ballot. Forty percent said the GOP should nominate someone else under those circumstances.

The poll’s results come after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) triumphed in the Wisconsin Republican primary on Tuesday, where the delegates were winner-takes-all.

If the Republican Party does nominate someone else, 65 percent of the same group surveyed said that nominee should be a candidate who ran in this year’s election race, while 29 percent said it’s acceptable for the GOP to nominate someone who didn’t run.

The poll surveyed 444 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents by phone from March 29- 31. The margin of error was 4.7 percentage points.


Sara Jerde is a newswriter based in New York. Her bylines have appeared in The Star-Ledger, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Columbus Dispatch. She graduated from Ohio University. Send emails to sara@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow her @SaraJerde.