Friday, July 29, 2016
What America Thinks: Does the VP Make the Ticket?
The 2016 presidential election has, without a doubt, been an unusual one in many ways. The vice-presidential picks are no exception. Not that voters have put much stock in running mates in the past, but this year the candidates for second-in-command seem to have surprisingly little impact on the fortunes of the already larger-than-life presidential nominees.
65% say having Virginia Senator Tim Kaine on the Democratic ticket has no impact on whether they’ll vote for Hillary Clinton. 64% say the same of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate on the Republican side. In both the 2008 and 2012 presidential cycles, just a third of voters said the vice presidential candidate had no impact on their vote.