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. John/kc

    Lets see, who could Romney pick that is just as big a tax cheat as himself? He could pick his wife to be his VP choice. After all, she thinks he has shown all his tax records that need to be shown.

    August 10, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    How about a Trump, a Bachmann, a Perry and throw in Palin while they're at it.

    August 10, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. BeverlyNC

    Republicans have no priorites other than corporations, taking away all your rights, running your life on social issues like abortion, contraception access, no Medicare, no Social Security, no public education, no unemployment insurance, no welfare for the poor but tons of corporate welfare in paying no taxes, getting taxpayer money in subsidies (oil companies need govt help?) and deregulating the banks again. Not one plan for jobs, Not one concern for healthcare for all. No priorty for education, innovation, science, research, new energy alternatives – all while the world is passing us by in all these critical areas. Even the Catholic Church has come out and called the Republican Ryan budget "immoral" and "against the teachings of Jesus". They feel so strongly about it they have "nuns on a bus" going around the nation warning People about the Ryan budget and to not let Republicans destroy the People. Romney is a Mormon- not a Christian so I guess that is why he is so blind and uncaring about the state of jobs and living wage and health of the majority of the American People. Just say NO to ALL Republicans and watch America rebound and be growing with all the obstructionist Republicans gone.

    August 10, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. myviewis

    The VP needs to be qualified to take over, both President and Vice President need to academically qualified and experienced even though most Democrats disagree because in all reality they don't think either position requires academic knowledge or experience because the position is about getting money to them so they don't have to bother working and contributing to society which is why right now Obama is ahead in the polls, Democrats want to give Obama another 4 years of making a mess of our country in his attempt to give out freebies, goodies and make people dependant on government and try to do away with the small businesses, banks, rich people, anybody that wants to be a contributing American, bottom line Democrat people just want to sit back and enjoy someone elses hard working money and accomplishments.

    August 10, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. nc1965

    I want Mitt to pick Paul Ryan. You know, just to scare the h e l l out of Senior Citizens.

    August 10, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Maxx

    The VP choice can only hurt you Mitt. Of course, they will be forever associated with your losing campaign after November.

    August 10, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Rupert

    It's already decided: it's gonna be Portman.

    August 10, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Dale angell

    Can Clarence Thomas be VP and on the Supreme Court at the same time?

    August 10, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Confused

    What has Obama done to help the economy since 2008?

    August 10, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. ron

    Actually i think it is taking so long because he is finding that no one will say yes as the tax vader falls in the polls... But dont worry conservatives, he can always call ole Sara for you tea-bagger nazi's...... Ha ha

    August 10, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Howard

    @Call girl ... We all know what call girls do ...
    ----------------

    Hey, Howard. Make it easy on yourself (and the world) ... get a vasectomy.

    August 10, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Rupert

    Howard, "A BAFOON" is someone who can't spell "buffoon."

    August 10, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Publius Novus

    But the same poll showed that 28% of Republicans and Republican-leaning unaffiliated voters wanted Marco Rubio as the VP choice. How do you reconcile those two conflicting positions? At least some Republicans believe the truth-strectching, sometimes Mormon/sometimes Catholic/sometimes Baptist, Cuban economic exile/Florida anchor baby is qualified to be president. Wow!!!

    August 10, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Robyn

    Obama is not Christian? Republicans want the govt to live under a balanced budget – just like those of us that work and support a family must do on a day to day basis. Republicans also care about education etc but at what point is a hand up a hand out? Instead of giving away other's hard earned money maybe you should expect accountability in those not paying into the system. Obamacare is going to cost us TRILLIONS of dollars – will your budget allow for that? Mine most certainly will not. Government run health care DOES NOT work! You don't want the govt in your bedroom right then insist they stay out – you pay for your own condoms before knocking someone up and make sure you can support that child if you don't think ahead. Why is it okay for a woman to have an abortion in her 3rd term? A baby is a life. The laws of the land state it so why is she not charged for murder?

    August 10, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    "As some have pointed out, the most important consideration is who will get to choose the next Justices of the
    United States Supreme Court. Do we want more of Thomas, Scalia, Alito or do we want someone who will
    be less political?"
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    Ummmmm.... let me get this straight. You believe that Sotomayor, Kagan, Ginsburg, and Breyer AREN'T political? Denial isn't a river in Egypt, you know....

    August 10, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    I see the old red-meat social issues still play a huge part in these 19th century tightie righties...(The survey indicates that 42% say their top priority is that the vice presidential nominee believe that abortion should be illegal). Whomever he picks, their career will implode as he is dragged to oblivion in the Flip-Flop loser candidacy

    August 10, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Yea, choose someone who can come right in and take over Bain Capital in the event Rafalca dumps him into the lakes up in the Hampptons. I'd give Rafalca a perfect 10 for that!

    August 10, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    His gray hair is never in the same places - did he inherit Raygun's "Just for Men"?

    August 10, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. np

    Rumor has it that the creators of "The Simpsons" have agreed to release "Crusty the Clown" from all contractual obligations so that he may serve as Romney's choice for VP.

    August 10, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. Al-NY,NY

    Lynda/Minnesota

    Howard

    @Call girl ... We all know what call girls do ...
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    Hey, Howard. Make it easy on yourself (and the world) ... get a vasectomy.
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    OUCH! Just thinking about that is unsettling....

    Unfortunately he's probably already bred himself to a double-wide on cinder blocks. It's just a question of whether he's got 1 or two derelict cars and regular couch or recliner on the front lawn

    August 10, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. 89 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    @myviewis – though most Democrats disagree because in all reality they don't think either position requires academic knowledge or experience because the position is about getting money to them so they don't have to bother working and contributing to society which is why right now Obama is ahead in the polls, Democrats want to give Obama another 4 years of making a mess of our country in his attempt to give out freebies, goodies and make people dependant on government and try to do away with the small businesses, banks, rich people, anybody that wants to be a contributing American
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    Perhaps you should change your handle to "confused", because you certainly seem to be. Obama has not made a mess of the country. The Grand Obstructionist Party did that all on their little own-some. There are no more free-loaders on the system now than there have ever been (check the FACTS pls). There are people out of work, but the Party of no refuses to pass the jobs bills that they were elected on.
    The sole goal of the Republicant Party is to make Obama a single term President, no matter the cost to the country or it's citizens... as witnessed in your comments above. There's plenty of supporting data, but right wing nuts refuse to listen to the truth or educate themselves out of lemming/sheeple mode. Failed GOP fiscal policies – raiding SS; tax increases; Dubya's 2 unfunded wars, tax cuts, $1.47T deficit, TARP bailout, and so on – all came home to roost. And you see the result. Obama's stimulus plan has worked, albeit not as fast as we would like. Your elected Teapugs have ensured that every piece of legislation has had unacceptable riders added to it – such as Defense spending increases and anti-abortion legislation. They have filibustered, blocked and generally done all in their power to put the POTUS in the worst light possible. And you buy it hook line and sinker. Ask yourself exactly what has the Republican party done for you in the last FOUR yrs.. I hear chirping crickets...

    August 10, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Mark

    Republican opposition for tax increases for the wealthy and their obstructionism of legislation that can help increase employment are that actions that represent Romney's agenda. What people do is a better indicator of what they believe than anything they say. One thing is sure, under a Romney administration there would be hire unemployment than under an Obama administration.

    August 10, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. anagram_kid

    The survey indicates that 42% say their top priority is that the vice presidential nominee believe that abortion should be illegal. These folks need to just get over it already. If they have unsatisfactory s*x lives they should figure out why and fix it – my guess is it has a lot to do with their weight and lack of intelligence. Here is a clear message to all those that are obsessed with the s*x lives of others – the fact that someone else is having s*x is NOT the reason you aren’t.

    August 10, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Robert

    amazing, Jobs and the economy aren't even in the top three? I guess that explains why republican led congress hasn't made it a priority for them. if they worked on the economy as hard as trying to overturn the ACA. we would be at 4% unemployment by now.

    August 10, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    Howie is getting brutalized.....rightfully so. Howie is regressive.

    August 10, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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