Good thing or bad thing?
|The nominations are determined by a series of state primaries and caucuses||57%||26%||16%|
|The caucuses and primaries begin in January of the election year||49%||27%||22%|
|The parties’ 2008 nominees for president will probably be known by early February||45%||18%||36%|
|Iowa’s caucus and New Hampshire’s primary are always the first two contests||26%||44%||28%|
|The nominees are usually determined before many states have held their primary or caucus||11%||17%||71%|
Source: Gallup / USA Today
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,008 American adults, conducted from Dec. 10 to Dec. 13, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent.