(CNN) – Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tops a new survey of potential GOP vice presidential picks released Wednesday.
And hot on his heels, Rep. Michele Bachmann fares better as an option for vice president than she has in recent national polls measuring support for Republican presidential contenders.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll indicates that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Bachmann and Rubio were mentioned most as top picks for the vice presidential nominee - long before the presidential nominee has been determined.
Rubio received 61 mentions to the open-ended question of whom voters would choose as the second person on the GOP presidential ticket. Bachmann and Gingrich were tied at 60 mentions each.
Gingrich has led the field in recent national surveys, but Bachmann has been polling in the single digits of support.
Their closest competitor is also a candidate for the top spot on the GOP ballot. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was mentioned 38 times in the survey.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2008, was chosen 13 times and bested by a non-Republican political leader. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the second-highest ranked female in the poll, with 16 mentions.
Of other names that have been tossed around as running mates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ranked fifth with 29 mentions, real estate mogul Donald Trump had 3, and sitting governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Bob McDonnell of Virginia were only mentioned once.
The Fairleigh Dickingson University poll was conducted by telephone from November 29-December 5 among 740 registered Republican and independent voters. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
A new PPP poll shows Rubio with a 40%approval/40% disapproval. 41% would be less likely to vote GOP if he was on the ticket. 24% more likely.
Indies: 38%/22% respectively.
All depends on the poll you're looking at.
Good to see that Dick Armey's cabana boy, beats out Michele Bachmann. Marco has the qualifications that will make people forget about Dan Quayle.
Rubio's perfect for the GOP VP. He has fabricated and perpetuated a lie about his family leaving Cuba to escape the Castro regime – and he loves to talk like he's a bully. So he’s got all the experience they require.
This is just more pandering for the latino vote, the way that Sarah Palin was pandering for the female vote in 2008.
Whats wrong with people who are doing the polling. Everything regarding the nominee is still in a shamble and you are now jumping onto dealing with VP?? This is totally losing America. I can't get it what virus is going on in people's heads. Excuse me my language am a bit upset of the entire process!
I guess Jindhal and McDonnell could vote in the survey?
Smart republican voice “we have to stop looking for a candidate who can beat Obama , we have to look for candidate who can lead the nation”
Yes we have Jon Huntsman conservative, experience, leadership likeable unfortunately our party members don’t like him because he worked with Obama
Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist was forced out the party because he handshake Obama thanks to Sen. Marco Rubio
Sorry we don’t need VP Marco Rubio
polls are good at delivering hydro and cable tv
Birth certificate please. I wonder if the "wonder" can produce a legitimate one.
Bachmann?? Surely no one wants to see this woman in any position of authority.Not quite as shrill as Palin but just as clueless.
I miss Charlie Crist.
To late! He wrote his fictional life's memoir already- that means he's done with politcs, doesn't it?
Not going to be a good pick. Not enough experience, with government.
Rubio the fraud!
The Minnesota preacher-lady would not even win her own state, let alone help ANY GOP candidate. Rubio still hasn't cleared up the "parents fleeing Cuba" fiasco and as noted above, I want to see a birth certificate. And the idea that he could deliver teh Latino vote is a joke. As long as the top of the ticket is a xenophobic, "deport them all, regardless" fanatic, Rubio does nothing to help
ROFL!! Good luck with that.
How much do Vice Presidential candidates influence the Presidential election? I do not know if the data is conclusive, but I would be surprised if it helps the number one person on the ballot significantly. I do suspect the chosen VP contender can get in the way of a win.
Uh, is he old enough? I don't think he's old enough to assume the office of POTUS should the need arise. I thought he was only 40 years old.
A resounding yes for Romney-Rubio! Or perhaps Romney-Christie. Or Gingrich-Rubio or Gingrich-Huntsman
@ST, they don't care. The GOP just wants to win so badly. they have spent 3 years on winning elections, not the hearts and minds of America. Their only legislative efforts have been just counters to whatever the Dems propose to get us o the right track. Win at any cost.
Rubio is all about winning the hispanic vote, nationally, and the state of Florida; that the GOP needs to win the election.
Please let it be Michelle
@ Rudy.... ummmm.,.. you only have to be 35 to be president.
"How much do Vice Presidential candidates influence the Presidential election? I do not know if the data is conclusive, but I would be surprised if it helps the number one person on the ballot significantly."
Since Obama won with a buffoon as his running mate, I'd say you have a point.
I thought Florida Sen. Marco Rubio wanted to be the Presadent of Cuba . Didn't he lead the fight aganst Castro back in 59 ?
There may be even more inconsistencies in Marco Rubio's version of his family history.
Radio and TV Marti cost the American Tax payer nearly $35 million each year . This Money goes into the pocets of Rubio and friends, it's time to cut there budget , wast of money !
Sen. Marco Rubio efforts to de-fund PBS and NPR , yet continue Radio and TV Marti that cost the American Tax payer nearly $35 million each year . This Money goes into the pocets of Rubio and friends, it's time to cut there budget , wast of money !
No Way VP Rubio !