Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Guess Who's NOT Listed in New GOP VP Poll

If you said Gov. Susana Martinez, you win a cookie.

I guess the folks who conducted the latest CNN/ORC poll believe Martinez, who has repeatedly said she's not interested in being vice president. Of course of of the people who were included in the poll have made similar public statements.

The  473 Republicans who were interviewed April 13-15 were asked to rate various potential running mates as favorable or unfavorable.

Of those possible Republican Veeps listed, the one with the best favorable rating was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Eighty percent of those polled rated her favorably, while only 12 percent said their opinion of her was unfavorable. Only 4 percent said they'd never heard of Rice.

In second place was recently withdrawn GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum. His favorable number was 65 percent, while 19 percent gave the former Pennsylvania senator a thumbs down.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was in third place for favorable numbers -- and the only other candidate who rated above 50 percent. Christie was at 55 percent, with 10 percent unfavorable rating. Twenty five percent of those polled did not recognize his name.

The pollsters then asked "which one would you most like to see Mitt Romney choose as his vice presidential running mate if Romney wins the Republican presidential nomination?"

Rice was the first choice of 26 percent, followed by Santorum, the choice of 21 percent. Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tied at 14 percent.

Four percent said "someone elese." Maybe these were Martinez supporters.

The margin of error for this poll is 4.5 percent. See the whole poll with crosstabs HERE