CNN Poll: What Republicans want in their VP nominee
August 10th, 2012
12:43 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: What Republicans want in their VP nominee

Washington (CNN) – They don't get a say when it comes to whom Mitt Romney will pick as his running mate, but a new national survey indicates that rank and file Republicans say it's critical that person be qualified to become president if needed.

According to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Friday, nearly nine in ten Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say that it's very important to them that Romney choose a running mate who can take over in the White House if necessary.

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Sixty-three percent questioned say that it's very important to them that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee choose a running mate who agrees with them on the issues. The survey indicates that 42% say their top priority is that the vice presidential nominee believe that abortion should be illegal.

Do Republicans care whether Romney picks a well-known running mate?

"Not really. Only 29% of Republicans say that it is very important to them that Romney pick someone they know a lot about," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "This might be a good thing for Romney since just about every name on his short list is unfamiliar to most Republicans."

At the bottom of the list: geography. Only one in eight Republicans say that it is very important to them that Romney chooses someone from the state or region of the country where they live.

"Whether a running mate is qualified to be president has typically been central to the public's evaluation of a running mate, and not all of them have passed the test," adds Holland. "In 2008, Americans were initially split over whether Sarah Palin was qualified to be President, but by October, 56% felt that she was not qualified. In 1992, 62% felt the same way about Dan Quayle."

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from August 7-8, with 1,010 adults nationwide, including 419 Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP, questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus five percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • CNN/ORC International poll • Mitt Romney
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. ST

    Yes that is the meaning of being Vice. You must be a person who is ready all the time to take over the duty incase something bad happens to the President. McCain lost presidential bid because Americans understood that the queen from Alaska could not lead the country, counting on McCain's age and something bad to happen.

    August 10, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. anagram_kid

    What they want is someone that makes them feel good about being average or all too often underachievers. I know that not all conservatives and Republicans are uninformed, racist bigots that believe stupidity is charming and willful ignorance is a virtue, but it cannot be denied that the faction of the party that embraces mediocrity as a good thing, since it justifies their own failings, is by far the most vocal.

    August 10, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Mitt reminds me of a crocodile I saw on the animal planet just the other day. This large fearsome crocodile invaded the inclave of a lioness who had left her eggs in the brushes. Suddenly the fearsome crocodile started removing all the eggs gently from the brushes but he didn't at them. No, he started depositing them into the nearby lake. No one understood why he was putting the eggs into the lake and why he didn't eat the eggs. Then it finally hit me, he was outsourcing the eggs to another village for favors...scavenger. Mitt Romney/Bain Capital 2012 in a Safari far away.

    August 10, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Pilgrim1

    Maybe he will free Louisiana from the tyranny of Bobby Jindal??

    August 10, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Big_D

    The only GOP priority is to give more tax breaks to the "job creators" that have not created a single job since they got a tax cut.

    August 10, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. penquin

    I realize that it is only a survey of just over 1,000 people, but really, 42% want someone who thinks abortion should be illegal? That is their biggest priority – the choice some women make about their own bodies. Very telling.

    August 10, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Big_D

    The only GOP priority is to give more tax breaks to the "job creators" that have not created a single net job since they got a tax cut from Bush.

    August 10, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. ray

    remember americans had this been another country romney will be behind bars and the racists on the right will be on there knees

    August 10, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. DaveH

    I love Myviews comments about how the Banks and the rich contribute to the U.S. economy.Ha! Republicans are such vile people in every aspect that it has just become funny. I have to laugh at these Ass clowns as they are just too damn much. America is doomed!

    August 10, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Breaking News...Breaking News...

    Mitt Romney has just agreed to release 10 years of his T....

    Well, the dog eat it...Make that Rafalca! Heha!

    August 10, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. myviewis

    89 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED
    Ask yourself exactly what has the Republican party done for you in the last FOUR yrs.. I hear chirping crickets...
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    Republicans have been doing everything possible to stop Obama from further destroying the economy. Unfortunately, Republicans only took over Congress less than 1 year ago so in the meantime Obama managed to do plenty of damage which is why he has so many gimmicks going on so to distract Americans from what he has not accomplished.

    August 10, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 47% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 43%. It could go either way. Go for it Mitt.

    August 10, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Bill

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 47% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 43%.

    August 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. myviewis

    DaveH

    I love Myviews comments about how the Banks and the rich contribute to the U.S. economy.Ha! Republicans are such vile people in every aspect that it has just become funny. I have to laugh at these Ass clowns as they are just too damn much. America is doomed!
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    What a moron, I don't remember the poor financing the car or home you bought, if you own either. Who do you think lends money for everything from buying a car, home, business loan and who do you think people run to when they need a 2nd mortgage to get out of an economic jam? The rich people employee 100's of people, rich like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Oprah, Martha Stewart, Teresa Heinz, etc......

    August 10, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. myviewis

    DaveH

    I love Myviews comments about how the Banks and the rich contribute to the U.S. economy.Ha! Republicans are such vile people in every aspect that it has just become funny. I have to laugh at these Ass clowns as they are just too damn much. America is doomed!
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    What do you get when you get rid of banks and rich people? CUBA, this is the same thing Fidel Castro convinced the people of Cuba when they put him in power and look at their disaster of a country.

    August 10, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. lloyd roberts

    So the republicans main issue with a VP candidate is to make sure that the first thing they do is have the government regulate behaviour. Doesn't sound very conservative, (smaller less intrusive government) to me. Why I bolted from the republican party, false conservatives

    August 10, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Now that the unhinged GOBP tea potty masters have chosen Alfalfa Ryan for Mitt the Twit,who cares?
    Let them go to all 50 states to explain his Medicare voucher right wing social engineering.

    August 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Alex in NJ

    First off, people who write Republicans off as racist and crooks...are idiots themselves. Second, I just had this, who is empirically smarter debate with someone and guess what, to say either American Democrats or Republicans are smarter is actually false. People with a highest IQ's tend to socially align with Democrats, i.e. pro-gay marriage, pro-choice, not too big on religion if not outright atheist. However, people with higher I.Q.'s tend to also economically align with Republicans. Being pro-Capitalism, pro-free trade, and distrustful and unreliant on government overall, correlates with having a higher I.Q. So in short, Democrats have it mostly right on social issues, and Republicans have it mostly right on the economy. Now let me think, is there a political party in America that tends to side with Dems on social issues, and the GOP on the economy? Yup, the Libertarians. So guess what, empirically speaking, Socialist Democrats and Theocratic Republicans are both dumb, and us Libertarians are smarter than both of you.

    August 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Mark

    Who is the one person Conservatives worship the most? Jesus. But who was Jesus? Jesus was a bleeding heart, long-haired, peace-loving, anti-establishment, liberal hippie freak with strange ideas at the time. In other words: Everything Conservatives hate.

    August 10, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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