Political Behavior

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 335–352 | Cite as

Public evaluations of the presidential nomination process

  • Michael W. Traugott
  • Margaret Petrella


The evaluation of presidential nomination reforms has been the topic of elite discussion and debate, with little attention paid to popular evaluations. Public attitudes toward a number of reforms to the presidential nomination process were evaluated through survey data collected in 1988. The evaluations included campaign costs, debates, the influence of consultants, and the role of the media. The analysis suggests that there is a relatively high level of popular satisfaction with these dimensions of the current system. Popular concern about the nomination process is focused in two areas—the roles of money and the media. There is a strong suggestion that the movement toward regionalization of the calendar was responsive to partisan concerns in different regions of the country.


Survey Data Current System Public Attitude Public Evaluation Presidential Nomination 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael W. Traugott
    • 1
  • Margaret Petrella
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Political StudiesThe University of MichiganAnn Arbor
  2. 2.The Gallup OrganizationUSA

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