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Exit Poll Results Show Voters Favor Using IRV

Three US cities have implemented Instant Runoff Voting in the last five years San Francisco (CA) in 2004, Burlington (VT) in 2006 and Takoma Park (MD) in 2007. Exit polls were conducted for each of these elections and show that voters overwhelmingly understood how to use Instant Runoff Voting and prefer it over the traditional runoff system. The following table compares the results in each city.

San Francisco (CA)
Burlington (VT)
Takoma Park (MD)
Poll voters
Absentee voters
Poll voters
Poll voters
Prior knowledge about IRV before voting
69%
63%
90%
80%
Understood how to use IRV very or fairly well
86%
89%

88%
Prefer IRV over traditional runoff method
61%
77%
63%

The full survey reports can be found at these links:

San Francisco, CA
http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/election/Elections_Pages/SFSU-PRI_RCV_final_report_June_30.pdf

Burlington VT
http://www.betterballotcampaign.org/sites/fairvotemn.org/files/burlington_exit_poll_results.pdf

Takoma Park, MD
http://www.fairvote.org/blog/index.php/2007/01/31/first-takoma-park-irv-election-exit-poll/

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