A new Rasmussen Reports poll came out yesterday asking questions about Barack Obama’s VP pick, Joe Biden:
Probably most important was question number 2:
2* With Joe Biden as his running mate, are you more likely or less likely to vote for Barack Obama?
32% More likely
32% Less likely
30% No impact
5% Not sure
So, Biden hurts as much as he helps. That’s really not what you want to see your running mate do to your campaign. I’m guessing a big chunk of the “Less Likely” category is Hillary supporters.
Here are some other questions:
1*Earlier today, Barack Obama named Joe Biden to be his Vice Presidential running mate. Was this the right choice for Obama to make?
35% Not sure
Most of the Clinton supporters said, “No,” I’m guessing.
3* If necessary, is Joe Biden ready to be President?
26% Not sure
Again, having only 4% more people think your running mate is ready to serve than people who think he’s not, is NOT a good margin. So the same 39% in number 1 probably said yes here, but around another 10% don’t think he’s ready to lead. Biden was NOT a good pick, simply because 1) He brings pretty much nothing to the table, and 2) Apparently, he’s not too popular as a VP/possible Presidential candidate (that’s obvious considering he got smashed in the primary).
4* In political terms, is Joe Biden very conservative, somewhat conservative, moderate, somewhat liberal, or very liberal?
3% Very conservative
7% Somewhat conservative
25% Somewhat liberal
18% Very liberal
15% Not sure
OK, so 10% of the people poll are idiots and clearly should’ve said “Not sure”. If Biden is a conservative, then I’m – I don’t know what I’d be if Biden is a conservative. But this is probably the best question that Biden performed in. A 33% moderate description is pretty good, and a 25% liberal description isn’t bad. Since most of America leans left, he ideologically appeals to around 58% of America, but that’s just in general, not anything specific.
62-29*Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression of Joe Biden?
20% Very favorable
28% Somewhat favorable
19% Somewhat unfavorable
19% Very unfavorable
15% Not familiar with Joe Biden
3% Not sure
48% like him. 38% don’t like him. 18% know pretty much nothing.
Overall, if 48% say they like him, but only 32% say he makes them lean toward Obama, that means that around 16% weren’t impacted by his pick. If 48% like him, but 39% say he was the right pick, that means that some Biden supporters think that, although they like him, he’ll overall not help the ticket.
So, who do I think Obama should’ve picked? It should’ve been Senator Evan Bayh, from Indiana – at least he’s from a swing state.
Well, now I just have to wait for my text message from John McCain at 4:13 A.M. EDT next Saturday (why Obama sent it out that late/early seems odd to me – I was one of the few people in the Eastern time zone still awake.
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