The Washington Times - July 10, 2013, 10:06AM

A new Gallup poll finds that a majority of Americans would like to see popular votes on key issues — if enough people petition for them — and want the presidential primaries to be condensed into one-day nationwide elections instead of state-by-state contests that take months.

The poll also found that 61 percent of voters want to see the presidential campaign shortened to just five weeks in September and October before the November election.

Gallup noted that the suggested changes, which would reshape how elected leaders are chosen and key issues are decided, come “at a time when Americans are highly frustrated with the federal government.”

Among the results, 68 percent said they would favor national referendums on key issues, compared with 23 percent opposed.

Nearly six in 10 Americans support one-day presidential primary elections compared with 33 percent who oppose the idea.

Although there was not a wide disparity between Republicans and Democrats who answered the poll, “Republicans do show at least slightly more support for each than Democrats,” Gallup said.

The results are based on telephone interviews conducted June 6-7 with a random sample of 1,017 adults. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.