A straw poll taken during the recent 2020 Western Conservative Summit (WCS) showed 98% of participants approve of Donald J. Trump as a candidate for president of the United States in the upcoming election.
The Centennial Institute, Colorado Christian University’s public policy think tank, hosts the Western Conservative Summit, which has grown to be the largest annual gathering of conservatives in the Western United States. This year’s summit was held virtually due to COVID-19 and drew a record online participation of more than 300,000 viewers across several platforms.
Attendees were invited to participate in the summit’s Presidential Straw Poll, which employed an approval method that allowed participants to vote for multiple responses to each question. The method allows responses to more accurately reflect attendees’ opinions.
“An approval voting method means we’ll get more honest feedback,” said Frank Atwood, an official sponsor of the WCS Presidential Straw Poll. “This type of poll avoids spoilers and the ‘wasted vote’ phenomenon because voters aren’t pressured to abandon their nuanced preferences in favor of the most electable candidate.”