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Friday, May 20, 2016

What America Thinks: Do Voters Care About the VP?

You're going to hear a lot in the days ahead about possible vice presidential candidates, but when it gets right down to it, voters don't place a lot of importance on the person in the number two slot. Most say a presidential candidate's running mate is somewhat important, but just a third of voters rate the vice presidential nominee as Very Important to how they will vote in the upcoming presidential election. The sentiment is generally the same among both Democrats and Republicans: Just 34% of GOP voters consider the VP candidate Very Important to their vote, and 37% of Democrats say the same.

Among voters not affiliated with either major political party—those who could ultimately determine the outcome of the presidential election—it’s even less important. Just 26% of unaffiliated voters say the vice presidential nominee is Very Important to their vote. So for all the hype, there seems to be very little reward.