POLITICS

Most Republican Voters Think Their Party Has Too Many Candidates

GOP voters are happy with their choices, but they wouldn't mind having fewer of them.

Republican voters are happy with the field of candidates competing to be their presidential nominee this year, but they'd be OK with not having quite so many of them to choose from.

This May, 41 percent of Republican voters already thought their party's field was too large -- and that was before a wave of additional candidates, from former New York Gov. George Pataki to businessman Donald Trump, declared their own plans to seek the nomination.

Now, according to a new HuffPost YouGov poll, 58 percent of GOP voters think their own party has too many candidates in the race. Just 28 percent say there are about the right number of candidates, while another 3 percent evidently believe 17 candidates isn't enough. 

Although GOP voters might have an issue with the quantity of candidates, they seem pretty happy overall about the quality. Eighty percent of GOP voters say they're satisfied with or enthusiastic about their candidates, up from 66 percent in May. Just 14 percent are either dissatisfied or upset with their options. 

Democrats are also upbeat, but by a less overwhelming margin. Sixty-six percent of Democratic voters say they're at least satisfied with their slate of candidates, with another 22 percent saying they're dissatisfied or upset. Forty-three percent of Democrats say there are currently about the right number of candidates, while 36 percent would like to see more join the race. 

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted Aug. 22-24 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

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