We know what you’re thinking.
Didn’t Ben Carson suspend his campaign months ago? Doesn’t Trump winning the primary in New York bring him closer than ever to the GOP?
True and true. But while popular support for Trump as president still looms over the other candidates, it turns out the public also has some pretty strong opinions on who should be vice president.
Maybe it’s a bit of a moot point, since the public has no direct role in choosing a candidate’s running mate. But it’s still fun—and instructive—to see who the people think deserves to be VP. With that in mind, we decided to use SurveyMonkey Election Tracking to ask people across the U.S. who out of a list of potential candidates we selected would make a good vice president.
On both the Republican and Democratic side, we asked voters to pick their top VP choice from a list of potential candidates who are not currently in the running for president.
Ben Carson’s remarkable popularity
On the Republican side, mild-mannered retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson came out on top by a wide margin—particularly among Trump supporters. 24% of Republican and Republican-leaning voters selected him as their VP pick. While 30% of those backing Trump want Carson as a vice president, just 21% of those supporting Ted Cruz and 15% of those supporting John Kasich supported him as VP.
As an interesting note, the highest Carson ever polled as a presidential nominee was 26% back in November.
But who would be Hillary’s running mate?
Particularly after the New York primary, it’s looking more and more like Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. If that’s the case, there will be a lot of support for a Hillary/Bernie ticket when the general election rolls around.
When picking from a set of likely VP choices (and excluding the two remaining presidential candidates), 26% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters said they’d like to see Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren become VP. After that, support for potential vice presidential candidates drops off considerably—possibly because of the low name recognition of the other candidates involved.
But, we also asked a separate question on the Democratic side: if Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination for President, should she pick Bernie Sanders as her vice presidential running mate?
When posed this question directly, 58% of respondents said yes, they’d like to see a Hillary/Bernie ticket.
While 76% of those who currently support Sanders would like to see him as Hillary’s vice president if she were to win, 44% of those supporting Clinton would like to see Sanders as Clinton’s running mate.
Be sure to check back next week for the next Elections installment! Questions, comments—you know where to go.
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