Does RCV help prevent negative campaigning?


RCV can increase civility in campaigns because in non-ranked-choice voting elections, candidates often turn to mud slinging by attacking an opponent’s character instead of sharing their positive vision with voters. With ranked-choice voting, candidates do best when they reach out positively to as many voters as possible, including those supporting their opponents. A comprehensive Rutgers University poll of voters in 7 cities with ranked-choice voting found that voters report friendlier campaigns and that RCV had majority support in all the cities using it.