There has been much speculation in recent weeks over who is on the short list for vice presidential picks for presumed nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
A Momouth University poll surveyed 803 registered voters by phone and asked if the selection of certain vice presidential candidates would make it “less likely” or “more likely” for those polled to vote for the presidential candidate. Here’s an example of the type of question asked:
I’m going to read you the names of some people who have been mentioned as possible Vice Presidential candidates for the Republican Party. For each one I read please tell me if you would be more likely or less likely to support the Republican ticket if Donald Trump picked this person as his running mate, or if this pick would have no impact on your vote either way?
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The question was asked to registered Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike.
For the Republicans, the list of names included Newt Gingrich, Gov. Chris Christie (NJ), Sen. Jeff Sessions (AL), Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), Sen. Joni Ernst (ID), and former Gov. Sarah Palin (AK).
For Democrats, the names included Julian Castro, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA), Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT), Sen. Cory Booker (NJ), Sen. Tim Kaine (VA), Sen. Al Franken (MN).
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There were two candidates who stood out among the rest as having significant impact on voters. 27 percent said they would be more likely to vote for Trump if he were to choose Sen. Marco Rubio as his VP. Rubio even bested Newt Gingrich, who has become a popular name circulating as a possible VP pick.
When asked about Gingrich, only 24 percent said they would be “more likely” to vote for Trump. The news may come as a surprise to both Trump and Rubio, as the two had a very contentious primary contest, with both candidates hurling personal insults at each other. Bernie Sanders came out on top for increasing the Clinton vote, with 39 percent of those polled “more likely” to vote for Clinton.
Sarah Palin had a negative effect on Trump’s likelihood of voters, with 42 percent “less likely” to vote for Trump.
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