Q: Are caucuses an effective method of selecting a presidential nominee?

DEMOCRATS (90 votes)

Yes: 32%No: 68%

+ Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks to Iowa residents at a Pizza Ranch restaurant on March 7, 2015 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)Yes

"I think having a variety of primary contests is healthy for the system."

"Grassroots are always important."

"The anonymity of the polling machine is a treasured [principle] of democracy, yet the public affirmation of the caucuses forces candidates into personalizing their requests for support. It's a tradition we should keep."

"I like the historical nature and the intimacy of them."

"Smaller states take the responsibility seriously and spend the time watching, interviewing, and evaluating candidates for the rest of us."

No

"Caucuses contribute to the polarization of politics. The only Dems who attend are very liberal, and the Republicans who participate are very conservative."

"They're insane free-for-alls. People should not have to make their vote public and in front of their friends and neighbors."

"Caucus results often do not reflect the will of the people or a party, producing candidates that are more extreme while often disenfranchising people that can't physically attend."

"Way too small a forum. While we are at it—why are two of the whitest states in America (Iowa and NH) so disproportionately important in the nomination process?"

"Too few people, too many radicals."

"Having been in Iowa every four years since puberty, the clear answer is NO."

"They're a joke. The Iowa caucus is not helping democracy at all."

Q: Are caucuses an effective method of selecting a presidential nominee?

DEMOCRATS (90 votes)

Yes: 32%No: 68%

+ Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks to Iowa residents at a Pizza Ranch restaurant on March 7, 2015 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)Yes

"I think having a variety of primary contests is healthy for the system."

"Grassroots are always important."

"The anonymity of the polling machine is a treasured [principle] of democracy, yet the public affirmation of the caucuses forces candidates into personalizing their requests for support. It's a tradition we should keep."

"I like the historical nature and the intimacy of them."

"Smaller states take the responsibility seriously and spend the time watching, interviewing, and evaluating candidates for the rest of us."

No

"Caucuses contribute to the polarization of politics. The only Dems who attend are very liberal, and the Republicans who participate are very conservative."

"They're insane free-for-alls. People should not have to make their vote public and in front of their friends and neighbors."

"Caucus results often do not reflect the will of the people or a party, producing candidates that are more extreme while often disenfranchising people that can't physically attend."

"Way too small a forum. While we are at it—why are two of the whitest states in America (Iowa and NH) so disproportionately important in the nomination process?"

"Too few people, too many radicals."

"Having been in Iowa every four years since puberty, the clear answer is NO."

"They're a joke. The Iowa caucus is not helping democracy at all."

Q: Are caucuses an effective method of selecting a presidential nominee?

REPUBLICANS (88 votes)

Yes: 25%No: 75%

Yes

"Truly good candidates win whether caucuses or primaries are used."

"The best thing about the caucuses is that candidates cannot escape direct interaction with voters. TV ads and fancy speeches matter less than direct appeals."

"Being president requires extraordinary management skills. If you cannot win a caucus, you ought not to be wasting our time."

"A mix of caucuses and primaries is best."

No

"Attendance too restrictive and too easily dominated by ideologically driven and highly organized minority positions."

"A bad idea almost by definition. Caucuses cater to the smallest sliver of both parties—to win elections you need to appeal to the broadest group possible."

"They're a race to the bottom in terms of intelligent debate."

"No. It's the modern-day equivalent of smoke-filled rooms."

"Too easily gamed, and you have to over-expend resources. Memo to candidates: Skip Iowa and Nevada. Nevada with a 10 percent participation rate should be dropped from the Republican carve-out [for early states]. It is a worthless contest."

"They cost a lot of money and reach only a very small number of people."

"The time has passed for the caucus system. It has become a tool for party extremism."

"We need a nationwide primary, and may the best man or woman win in one day..."

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chávez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk Van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud. 

Q: Are caucuses an effective method of selecting a presidential nominee?

REPUBLICANS (88 votes)

Yes: 25%No: 75%

Yes

"Truly good candidates win whether caucuses or primaries are used."

"The best thing about the caucuses is that candidates cannot escape direct interaction with voters. TV ads and fancy speeches matter less than direct appeals."

"Being president requires extraordinary management skills. If you cannot win a caucus, you ought not to be wasting our time."

"A mix of caucuses and primaries is best."

No

"Attendance too restrictive and too easily dominated by ideologically driven and highly organized minority positions."

"A bad idea almost by definition. Caucuses cater to the smallest sliver of both parties—to win elections you need to appeal to the broadest group possible."

"They're a race to the bottom in terms of intelligent debate."

"No. It's the modern-day equivalent of smoke-filled rooms."

"Too easily gamed, and you have to over-expend resources. Memo to candidates: Skip Iowa and Nevada. Nevada with a 10 percent participation rate should be dropped from the Republican carve-out [for early states]. It is a worthless contest."

"They cost a lot of money and reach only a very small number of people."

"The time has passed for the caucus system. It has become a tool for party extremism."

"We need a nationwide primary, and may the best man or woman win in one day..."

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chávez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk Van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud. 

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