51% of Democrats Oppose Their Party’s Superdelegate System
The presidential primary process to choose the Democratic nominee includes the use of superdelegates, individuals selected by the party who can support any candidate at the party’s convention regardless of who wins their state’s popular vote. But just over half of Democrats cry foul at the system.
Only 30% of Likely Democratic Voters favor the use of superdelegates in the presidential primary process, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fifty-one percent (51%) are opposed, while a sizable 19% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Among all voters, just 19% support the superdelegate system, while 65% are opposed. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.
The Democratic National Committee’s decision to use superdelegates, many of whom are current and past elected officials, has come under considerable scrutiny – particularly from supporters of Bernie Sanders – for the appearance that the party is trying to rig the election for establishment candidate Hillary Clinton. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has done little to assuage these concerns, saying in one CNN interview that the superdelegates “exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists.” More