Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to visitors at the Iowa State Fair on August 21, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Presidential candidates have a tradition of speaking to and greeting guests at the fair.Scott Olson/Getty Images

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Q: How likely is it that the Republican Party will take power away from the early primary states in future presidential contests, as Reince Priebus suggested?

DEMOCRATS (82 VOTES)
Very likely: 6%
Somewhat likely: 35%
Not likely: 59%

Very likely

“Parties always solve the problems of last cycle and create new ones.”

Somewhat likely

“Needless to say, it is time. We have to mix the states up from cycle to cycle.”

“Elites in both parties would love
to do it, but the IA/NH stranglehold seems as tight as ever.”

“Depends on who wins the nomination this time around. Republicans like to change the rules when they don’t like the outcome.”

“Much easier said than ever done.”

“Very likely, if they lose again.”

Not likely

“As an insider from NH, we’ve seen this before. Make my day.”

“Priebus will be gone soon and the early states will still be early.”

“Both parties have tried and failed to diminish the power of Iowa and NH. As long as candidates continue to desperately want to win both states, nothing will change.”

“Not going to happen, as discussion breaks into pieces when it gets down to who will replace the current early primary states.”

“The current system works well for too many interested parties.”

Q: How likely is it that the Republican Party will take power away from the early primary states in future presidential contests, as Reince Priebus suggested?

REPUBLICANS (86 VOTES)
Very likely: 6%
Somewhat likely: 28%
Not likely: 66%

Very likely

“After this season: 48 states are thoroughly fed up with the quadrennial BS surrounding Iowa and New Hampshire.”

“Goodbye, Iowa caucuses, and good riddance.”

Somewhat likely

“On the lesser side of somewhat...but it’s time!”

“There is growing sentiment to not allow a handful of states to have such an outsized influence.”

“It would be better for the party and the country to rotate the early states, but it will be difficult to pull off. Hats off to Reince for trying.”

“Battle has been going on for over 20 years, and discussion never ends.”

“Hard to break tradition but eventually the Southern pull of the party will force changes to the schedule.”

Not likely

“RNC chairs should be seen and not heard.”

“The alternatives may be worse.”

“A noble venture and electing a president would be a vastly better process if we could rotate regional primaries instead of locking in the Iowa / New Hampshire, first-in-the-country nonsense.”

“Hell will freeze over before [New Hampshire Secretary of State] Bill Gardner cedes an inch. FITN forever.”

“Only an incumbent GOP president could get this done.”

“The early primary calendar actually works in the GOP’s advantage. Why would you change it?”

“They actually are a good barometer of GOP voters. One is conservative socially and the other is conservative fiscally. Two very different audiences but core constituencies.”

“Same as my answer to this question in 1987.”

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